Congress president Rahul Gandhi kicked off his party's election campaign Kerala in style, promising to have in place a separate ministry for fishermen if his party was voted to power in the Lok Sabha.
This, he said, was unlike that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known for making false promises. The promise came at the National Fishermen Parliament organised by All India Fishermen Congress in Triprayar near Thrissur.
Fishermen in Kerala came to be acknowledged for their selfless service in rescue operations during the August flood. As recognition for their services Congress leader and party candidate from Thiruvanthapuram Sashi Tharoor had recently recommended fisherfolk of Kerala for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rahul said, “My commitment to you is that the moment we win the 2019 elections, all the fishermen of the country will get their own dedicated ministry in Delhi.”
“I am not like Narendra Modi. I don’t make fake promises. Please look at my speeches. When I say something, I only say it because I have decided to do it,” he said.
Rahul later left for Kasaragod to the houses of the two Youth Congress activists who were killed allegedly by CPIM activists recently. He will late in the evening address a mammoth party meeting in Kozhikode.