My father Rajiv Gandhi was my hero: Rahul Gandhi

RahulCongress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi described his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as his "hero". (PTI)

Harking back yet again to his family, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as his "hero".

"Like every child, my father was my hero. When he was 40, he became the Prime Minister and during those days I have seen him struggling everyday for the people of the country," Rahul said, addressing 'Satta Parivartan' (change of power) rally at the Dusshera Maidan.

At a rally in Rajasthan on Wednesday, Rahul had referred to the assassinations of his father, and his grandmother Indira Gandhi.

Addressing Thursday's rally in the poll-bound state, Rahul said he once met a slum-dweller woman in Maharashtra, who told him that she wanted one of her sons to become an IAS officer, and another a businessman. But, she added, she was struggling alone and was not getting any help from the system.

There are a large number of people who are fighting the system to fulfill their dreams of education, etc, but they get crushed, he said.

"The system should open its arms to help such people so that they can fulfill their dreams," Rahul said.

Questioning BJP's tall claims of development, he said, "During BJP's ten years of rule in the state it has failed to develop Indore as a big commercial centre of the country. In fact it is not possible for them (BJP) to do so."

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