‘People are ‘maalik’ in democracy’

Simdega (J’khand), May 02 (PTI):
People are the ‘maalik’ (masters) in democracy, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Thursday, asking them to tell his party’s government what to do and it will be done. Addressing an election rally here, Gandhi said, if voted to power, the Congress will ensure that Rs 72,000 is deposited every year into the bank accounts of families that earn less than Rs 12,000 every month, covering five crore households.
“Don’t forget that your are the ‘malik’ in democracy. Narendra Modi, or for that matter any other leader, is not your master. You just tell us what to do and we will do it,” he told the rally. Gandhi said the alliance (mahagathbandhan), of which the Congress is a constituent, listens to the voice of people. “I have not come to speak out our ‘mann ke baat’ but listen to yours,” he said, obviously targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ during which he spoke his mind on topical issues.
Gandhi said if voted to power, the Congress will introduce free treatment to the poor in hospitals and set up technical institutions in districts to create a large base of skilled
workforce.

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