Addressing an election rally in Ghaziabad, Rahul stressed that in 2004 the BJP sought to show the entire country that India was shining but this failed to convince the voters.

"People looked around and consulted their families, asked which India was shining and decided that their India was not shining. On the day of the elections, they pressed the button and burst the bubble," he said.

"The BJP campaign managers got together again in 2009 and said since Shining-I failed, let us make shining-2 and so they made that. But we had given loan waiver to farmers (in 2009) and had brought in the rural employment guarantee act. People again came, saw the BJP balloon and burst it," he added.

Gandhi said the campaign managers of BJP have brought in a new movie this time which they have called the Gujarat model.

"Earlier they were filling air in the balloon, but this time they filled it with gas. This is the third balloon, elections are coming and the power is with you (the people) and you will press the button again and the balloon will come down," he said.

Listing the achievements of the UPA government, Gandhi said, "We have taken 15 crore people out of poverty. There are 70 crore people in India who are neither below poverty line nor in the middle class. They are the artisans, truck drivers and taxi drivers. We will not forget the poor. But for these 70 crore people, our aim is to put them in the middle class in the next 5-10 years. We will do this by changing the system of education of the country,” he added.

Gandhi alleged that the Opposition wants to give power to just one person, but the Congress wants to empower all Indians.

“Leaders of the Congress ‘talk about love and brotherhood not anger,” he said.
 
Earlier, Gandhi postponed an election rally scheduled to be held at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh following the arrest of the party candidate from the constituency for threatening BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

(JPN/Agencies)

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