The Poor People Should Benefit From The Fruits of Development: Rahul Gandhi

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To a question that Central government is clearing the projects but state government is not allowing it, he said there is no double standard.  The core standard we have and that is the only standard we have is that the poor people of this country deserve to have a place in development. That is the same standard we have there and that is same standard we have here.  What we are against is pushing aside the poor people because they are poor.  Our position in Bhatta-parsaul, or here or wherever it is, is that the rights of the poor people have to be listened to.  That is our position and it does not change.
As to the acquisition of land in Orissa he said there are thirty conditions state government has to fulfill.  If the state government fulfills those conditions, we are happy.  If we feel that the people are pushed aside, we are unhappy.  This is our position.

Forest land:  If there is a land available which is not an agricultural land then that would be better solution. Let me reiterate, if the poor people are brushed aside, we are not happy. Poor people should be involved in development. The poor people should benefit from the fruits of development.  That is what aam aadmi programme is all about.
As to the question of still there being no democracy in top rung of AICC, he said, “I do not run AICC.”  I have been given responsibility of Youth Congress and NSUI.  I am transforming these organizations.  This is the beginning.  In coming times you see that these will be most dynamic organizations.  It is because for the first time we are using democratic process.  Out opposition cannot say that we are not democratic.  We have conducted democratic elections in twenty-two states.  I give you an example of Punjab.  We had 30,000-35,000 members. In first elections we enrolled 3.5 lakh members.  Now we have about 9 lakh members. Interest in youth is increasing and you will see its impact slowly. This will have an impact on corruption.
The biggest reason for the corruption is that doors of our political system are closed for the youth.  If an ordinary person wishes to come into politics, he cannot enter.  Only one organization is raising this issue – Youth Congress and NSUI. All are talking loudly but no one is raising this issue.
As to a question of comparison between Mayawati and Biju Patnaik, he said corruption in UP is unbelievable. Here there is corruption but the main problem is of implementation. Mahatama Gandhi NREGA is most important programme. There is lack of implementation of this programme. There is corruption but not to the extent it is in UP.  Perhaps in no other state there is so much corruption as it is in the UP.

As the question of statements being made by Digvijay Singh, he said Digvijay Singh is a senior party leader.  His views are purely his. I have my own views and he speaks of his views. He is responsible for his views. I am not responsible for his views.  I work in organization assigned to me.
About issue of corruption he said our Prime Minister has acted in quite aggressive manner on the issue.  The Congress President and the Prime Minister have acted in way that has not been done so far. Let me give you some examples.  You mentioned  that there are some ministers in jail.  Our chief ministers were sacked, removed on the spot. Our opposition talks about corruption but they run the most corrupt government in Karnataka. By far the most corrupt government almost parallel to the UP government.
Here in Orissa.  People talk about corruption. People are removed but no inquiries are conducted. But we have ministers in jail.
About youth organizations he said people have started joining it. New members are coming.  We are quite happy with that.  As far as involvement of Congress in Orissa is concerned you can speak to OPCC.
About Lokpal Bill he said the Lok Bill is fundamental. I think it is very important. But as I said it earlier it treats a disease after it happens.  You have to think about the disease before it happens.  At the end of the day the Lokpal Bill is going to come into contact with politicians. It will have to go to Parliament.  It has to be operationalised. So let us think about improving the quality of the politicians, particularly the young politicians and the best way to improve the quality is to bring more people into politics.  With regards to specifics of the Lokpal Bill, I think the Prime Minister should come under it after he demits office.  I have my concerns about the Prime Minister coming under it while he is in office. The reasons I have my concern is that the Prime Minister needs to lead the country, but the Prime Minister must come under its purview the day he demits office.  Any activity that has to be done with regard to prosecution of the Prime Minister, it should happen the day he demits office. But in my view if you impose the Lokpal Bill on the Prime Minister while he is in office you open him up to a constant engagement which will be unhealthy for the leadership of the country.  When the Prime Minister is running the country he needs to have a focus on the country and the day he leaves office, prosecute him. Make the bill applicable to him the day he demits office.
About terror attacks he said it is very difficult to stop every single attack.  The steps that our government has taken over the couple of years are quite profound steps. There is improvement about intelligence, the way we fight terrorism. The ways and ideas that we have about fighting local terrorism have improved by leaps and bounds. But terrorism is something that is impossible to stop at all the times. You have heard of the attack that has taken place in Mumbai but you would not heard about all the attacks that could have taken place. So it is something we will fight, it is something we will defeat, it is something we have to work towards. But it is very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack. Even America is fighting against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their soldiers are bearing the brunt of the attacks.  We can stop 99 percent of the attack but one percent might get through.  We must try to stop 100 percent attacks but one or two attacks get through.
To a question about implementation of the programmes and the role of MLAs and MPs, he said MPs and MLAs are representative of the people and not for implementation.


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