Amethi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's style of functioning, saying that he wants complete power in his hands.
"Prime Ministerji has a different thinking... that he has complete power in his hands... that the entire country is run by sitting in Delhi and all works are carried out and the entire development is supervised from Delhi," Gandhi, who attended a function to mark 10th anniversary of Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital in Munshiganj area here, said.
Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi
"On the other hand, my thinking is that people should get benefits of Panchayti Raj, MNREGA, Right to Information and Right to Food and Education," said Gandhi who is on a two-day visit to his constituency.
"This is the difference between the thinking of those in power and ours. We want to give power and strengthen women and youths," he said. "The government said that all the MPs select one village each in their respective constituencies, and I also adopted Jagdishpur but my constituency has 750 other villages and I think all the 750 villages should be developed as model villages," he noted.
Downplaying US President Barack Obama's praise for Modi's efforts to shake up the "bureaucratic inertia" in India, the Congress Vice President said, "Praises are a different thing... people should know the truth." "I believe in working... poor should get the benefit," he added. Earlier, Gandhi visited the Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital on its 10th anniversary and enquired about the well-being of the patients undergoing treatment there.
"In a government survey conducted in Uttar Pradesh some time ago, Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital stood first and it is my aim that this hospital becomes one of the the best hospitals of the world," he said. He said as many as 15 lakh patients have been examined and two lakhs operated upon in the hospital.
Two of its branches have been opened in Lucknow and Haryana and another will soon be opened in Gurgaon. Rahul also laid the foundation stone of a community college in Munshiganj to be set up by Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.