"Our country has a big population that is above the poverty line but still not in the middle class. We want to do politics for them, to take them into the middle class. The security guards, the taxi drivers-they should be able to send their children to schools," Rahul said, addressing a public gathering at Deoli, 75-km towards Bundi from Tonk.
This was the first public rally by the Congress leader since the parliamentary elections' dates were declared last week. Deoli is part of the Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Lok Sabha constituency, which is represented by union minister Namo Narayan Meena. Another union minister and Congress state president Sachin Pilot could be fielded from the constituency this time.
Launching the party's election campaign from here, Rahul stressed Congress had been doing the politics of honesty and principles. "The BJP talks of corruption, but it goes silent about its leaders in Karnataka and Gujarat," the Congress vice-president said, targeting its key rival.
Rahul also emphasized on grooming a young leadership in the party all over the country. Referring to Pilot's appointment as the Congress state president, Rahul said, "Few days ago the Congress lost (in assembly elections). We made a youth the PCC chief. I told Sachin (Pilot) to prepare a new generation of leaders in the party and not to give an inch of space to the BJP government whenever it goes wrong." He concluded the speech saying the party would filed "new faces" in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Rahul's speech was very brief, six minutes, and left the large gathering wondering why he spoke so little. He made no reference to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and restricted himself to targeting the BJP state government. "They (BJP) will run a government of the rich and businessmen in Rajasthan. But we will fight for the poor," Rahul said.