Rahul Gandhi's interaction with Artisans & Crafts Labourers at Moradabad on March 29, 2014

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Rahul Gandhi held a long interaction with Artisans & Crafts Labourers at Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh on March 29, 2014.

Redefining how politics is done in this country, Rahul Gandhi sought to listen to the people and understand their problems. He encouraged them to not only speak candidly about their concerns, but also asked the people present to address him as their equal. "We are called politicians and political leaders, but the truth is, we are your soldiers...I don't have a magic wand. The only thing a politician has is credibility -- his word. I will not make false promises. I am not interested in that. I am in Politics for the long haul. This is first of a series of meetings. I want to build a long-term relationship with you," Rahul Gandhi told the gathering.

During the interaction, Rahul Gandhi spoke about unlocking the potential of millions of people who are working in factories as labourers. "In today's politics, there is talk of caste, religion, state and so on. There is no politics on real issues. From these rooms that house the brass factories of Moradabad, you compete with Chinese factories, through the skills and energy of the artisans and the labourers. But in Indian politics, there is little room for debate on the issue of how to power these small factories and its workers" he said.

Elaborating on the measures taken by the Congress led UPA government over the last decade, Rahul Gandhi said that the rights based framework has helped pull 15 crore people out of poverty and now the Congress Party aims to push 70 crore people who are currently below the middle class but above the poverty line, into the middle class. In addition to right to health and shelter, this target would be achieved through the industrial corridors being set up in the country which will generate millions of jobs for the youth.

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