Rahul Gandhi to be welcomed by 1,000 auto rickshaws in Mumbai

Rahul Gandhi & John Pemberton founder Coca Cola

Thane: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will appear on Tuesday in a magistrate court in Bhiwandi here in a criminal defamation case filed against him for his alleged remarks against the RSS.

Gandhi will be in the city to address booth-level workers as part of "Project Shakti", which aims to empower the ground-level workers and facilitate two-way communication between the party workers and the central leadership. Most them are not allowed to speak and the BJP does not listen to the few of us who do speak up.

Addressing workers of the party's OBC department in Delhi, he said people who work hard behind the scene are "never benefitted" and the fruits of their toil are enjoyed by others.

Taking a swipe at the prime minister, he said there was no dearth of skills in the country and those from the backward classes are endowed with skills but not given an opportunity to move forward.

The Congress chief asked why banks were not open to farmers and small businesses as there were enough skills amongst those in the OBC community, unable to make it big in the absence of capital. "Rs 2.5 lakh crore were given to 15 industrialists".

The Congress president claimed that smaller businessmen couldn't grow in India and used the example of Coca-Cola to illustrate his point. "He would mix sugar in water. He was respected for his skill, raised money and started Coca-Cola".

He claimed that fast food chain McDonald's was started by a man who ran a dhaba, and that vehicle manufacturing companies like Ford, Mercedes and Honda were started by mechanics. "Show me one dhaba owner in India who can do this", he said.

Gandhi used an analogy of a bus to explain the difference between his party and the BJP, reported The Indian Express.

"People with skills are not rewarded in India. farmers work hard but you don't see them in the offices of Modi ji", he said. Every person who believes in the ideologies of the Congress, their inputs are important to us.

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