Rahul Gandhi speech: Blow by blow

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India's ruling Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi attends the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meet  to prepare for the upcoming polls in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP) India's ruling Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi attends the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meet to prepare for the upcoming polls in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP)
SummaryRahul Gandhi galvanised the Congress party in a stirring speech...

Rahul Gandhi galvanised the Congress party in a stirring speech wherein he blasted apart the Opposition and showed resolve and purpose that was missing earlier.

Following are the excerpts of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's address at AICC meet:

-- We have served the country by enhancing and deepening the foundations of our democracy.

-- Let's look at the big steps that we took to increase your power, the people's power, in India. The single biggest attack on the closed system of governance is the RTI.

-- Information is power. We restored this power to you where it rightfully belongs. The RTI has forever altered the politics of this country. We enacted this revolutionary law to hand you power, knowing fully well that it would place our own government under severe scrutiny.

-- We have also created the right to identity so that your money reaches you directly. It is the largest anti corruption platform that anyone has ever built. It will enable people to get their benefits and entitlements without paying a bribe.

-- Secondly, we constructed and reinforced the third pillar of government - Panchayati Raj. This has allowed millions of you to have access to our political system and has exponentially increased democracy in our country.

-- The third step is the advancement of technology, the bedrock of which was set up by the Congress.

-- What the Congress party has enabled over the last ten years is an unmatched transfer of power to our people.

-- The answer to India's problems lies in pushing this revolutionary democratisation further. There are MPs and MLAs here among us - your job is law making.

-- We need to bring the voice of elected Local Self Government representatives into the governance of the country.

-- Democracy is not rule by dictate. It is not rule by one man. It is rule through empowered elected representatives.

-- We have to empower all of you and bring you back into law making so that the voice of the MP counts in parliament, so that the voice of the MLA resounds in the legislature, so the voice of the Pradhan truly counts in the village. But the most important person is our worker.

-- Before we can empower MPs, MLAs and Pradhans we have to begin by empowering millions of our dedicated workers on the ground.

-- You should be able to enter the political system effortlessly and change your future. Instead you struggle. A

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