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Rahul Gandhi told an election rally in Alwar on Wednesday that the Congress had decided to include in its manifesto the voices of the common man, youth, women and the marginalized sections, and put an end to the culture of “closed door meetings”.
A team led by union ministers Sachin Pilot and Jitendra Singh, and Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda would accept suggestions from voters both on handwritten forms and on the Internet, which would then find a place in the party’s election manifesto, Rahul said.
“Party manifestos are made by five people sitting in closed air-conditioned rooms, but we will throw these doors open for you and incorporate your suggestions in our manifesto,” he said to loud applause.
Jitendra Singh introduced to the crowd Neetu Saini, a young girl, who he said had been one of the first to have voiced her expectations from the government, and whose suggestions would be deliberated upon.
In both Kherli and Churu, where he spoke earlier in the day, Rahul mentioned terrorism, and the personal losses he had suffered. In Kherli, he said that his mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had asked him to tell people his “own stories” rather than stories about her, like he had done in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh, last week.
“So today, I will tell you my own story. I will tell you why I talk so much about terrorism. Two of my family members were targets of terrorism,” Rahul said, describing himself as a “victim of terrorism”.
“I saw the blood of my grandmother on one side and the blood of the men who taught me to play badminton, Beant Singh and Satwant Singh, on the other side. They used to protect her and, one day, only out of anger, they killed her. Anger is never there but it is instilled,” Rahul said.
The BJP, he said, was instilling anger in people, inciting Hindus and Muslims against each other. “If there is one thing that our opposition does that is to instill anger in people. That is what they do full time. They incite the Hindus against the Muslims and create unrest.