'BJP and Congress are parties of rich': JD (U)

New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): Janata Dal (United) leader K.C. Tyagi on Tuesday said that both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are parties of the rich.

"The main opposition BJP and the Congress are parties of the rich. Both the BJP and Congress are defenders of the industrialists," he said.

Tyagi, who was commenting on Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's claims that the Congress Party is committed for empowerment of poor, youth and common man, said the rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer in the last 63 years.

"Had the opposition parties not cooperated then the Land Acquisition Bill and the Food Security Bill would not have been passed in the Parliament. So, I don't know in what context Rahulji is saying all this. The opposition made a positive contribution and my party got all their (UPA) bills passed. So, he should not have made such a statement," he added.

Addressing a party rally at Baran in Rajasthan, Gandhi had earlier in the day alleged that the opposition was ignoring poor people.

He said that poor people should have right to higher dreams, and claimed that the Congress Party is working to fulfill these dreams.

"Whether he is a small labourer, we say that he should eye the helicopter and one day say that my son should fly this. This is our thinking. And their (opposition) thinking is that the labourers should work the land, not have anything to eat and construct roads," said Gandhi.

"Dreaming big is not the opposition's mantra," he added.

The Congress vice-president further appealed to the women to dream big for their children.

Gandhi, while praising the Congress Party, for coming out with its historic Food Security Bill, accused the opposition of repeatedly creating hurdles to prevent its passage in Parliament.

Gandhi said the 21st century for the Congress Party means that the dreams of the poorest of people in the country must come true.

He pointed out that the major reason for poverty in India is illness.

"We respect your blood and tears, that is why we have brought the Land Acquisition Bill," he said.

Poll-bound Rajasthan is expected to witness a fierce battle between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The upcoming assembly election in Rajasthan is being seen as a litmus test for both parties ahead of 2014. (ANI)

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