Highlights: What Rahul Gandhi said at Bikaner rally in Rajasthan

Bikaner, Nov 21: While intensifying the election campaigns in poll-bound Rajasthan, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed the opposition BJP by saying that they say "free food makes people lazy".

Here are the main highlights of what Rahul Gandhi said at the Karni Singh stadium while addressing Bikaner rally:

"The Congress party says if we have to go ahead, every person in the country has to go ahead together - the rich, the poor, every community has to be included. But the Opposition says Hindus and Muslims must be divided, different castes must be divided."

"While both the parties agree that infrastructure has to be developed, we say that infrastructure alone cannot bring development unless we promote improvement in the lives of people. The NDA (government) made roads, but the network of roads made by our government is thrice of what they had made. They are number one in marketing."

"I asked the Opposition in Parliament why are you against MGNREGA, food security Bill etc, and their reply was that when you give free food to people they become lazy. They (the Opposition) do not understand what poverty is. We believe poor people are not the reason behind poverty. There are hurdles in front of the poor and we feel it is the government's responsibility to break the wall that stands as a barrier in front of them."

"Ashok Gehlot gave free medicines not only to people but also to animals in this state. BJP considers free medicines as poison, but don't realise how important it is for the poor. Gehlotji has given pension to the old and stood by them. He also brought the oil refinery to Barmer."

"We believe that the nation is for everyone...rich, poor, farmers, labourers, Dalits...on the other hand, they think that infrastructure development and building of airports and roads alone would change the country. They do not talk about the poor."

"They (BJP) say when you give it for free people become lazy - just look at the thought process - they think that poor is responsible for poverty - we have a different line of thought - we understand that there is a need to open up things for the poor - they must be given equal opportunity."

"We want to ensure the rights of the people without any discrimination. People must have security of food, employment and other basic needs."

"We have built 3 times more roads than NDA. It was the Congress which built the shining airports in Delhi, Mumbai and many in Rajasthan."

"The Congress government has worked on providing pensions too - Gehlot ji has ensured pension to thousands of elderly - needy - he held their hands."

"BJP talks loud about corruption. It is the Congress which gave you the RTI by which any citizen of India can ask the question about government functioning. It helps to tackle corruption. It empowers the people.

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