[What Rahul Gandhi told Arnab Goswami in January 27
HLT: Do you have any time to marry?
Rahul: I will marry when I get the right match.
HLT: It is alleged that your constituency Amethi has remained backward
Rahul: The SP government of UP has not done
enough development work. My goal is to empower people, no matter
what happens. It is not a challenging task for me.
HLT: On the issue of prime ministerial candidate...
Rahul: If our MPs choose me as their leader, I am not going to back off.
HLT: How can you work with parties like Samjawadi Party
after the kind of remarks its parties make?
Rahul: We are fighting the Samajwadi Party as we are fighting the BJP. Any form of extremism is bad for India.
HLT: What happened to the primary in Vadodara constituency?
Rahul: Don't judge the concept of primary by just one case of nomination. People have welcomed this move. I want to give every Indian this chance of empowering themselves.
HLT: Have you taken any initiative yourself to stop corruption?
Rahul: It's a big battle. I am trying and will keep trying.
HLT: The same allegations of crony capitalism are also against your government
Rahul: Corruption can be uprooted only through action and that is through institutional step. We have empowered people through measures like right to information.
HLT: Your views on Gujarat model of development
Rahul: It is all about big corporates. The ordinary labourers are suffering. It is all about marketing.
HLT: is this election becoming Modi centric?
Rahul: We don't believe in that. We have been in power for 10 years now and it itself is a big achievement.
HLT: Your decentralisation is about welfare?
Rahul: No, our decentralisation is about helping the poor. If they are not given a base, they can't improve.
HLT: The Congress should win, what do you
Rahul: It should be. We believe in decentralisation while our opponent believes in empowering an individual.
HLT: Why can't you do the same kind of marketing?
Rahul: The Congress's base is among the rural people. They make more noise but our result is more reality-oriented.
HLT: How is the situation on the
Rahul: The surveys predicted loss of the Congress in 2004 and 2009 but they were proved wrong. They (read BJP) do good marketing.