Rahul opens Indira Canteens in Bengaluru

DH file

DH file

"The Indira Canteens will serve these people", Gandhi said while inaugurating the canteen at Jayanagar ward here.

In a gesture of kindness to the residents of Bengluru, the state government has launched 101 Indira canteens within city limits which will serve breakfast for Rs 5, and lunch and dinner for Rs 10. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has downplayed the allegation that the government has been in a hurry to set up these canteens keeping next year's state elections in mind to lure voters.

Re-modeling populist schemes of other political parties with an eye on the electorate has its own pitfalls and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi must have realized this on Wednesday. Congress vice president was heard as saying the Karnataka Chief Minister will open up canteen on similar lines in 'every single city in Bangalore'. But millions of people here are construction workers, auto rickshaw drivers and barbers who do not have enough money.

Going with the flow Rahul Gandhi said, "Every single poor person in the city in Bangalore will feel that in the state of Karnataka, under Siddaramaiah govt, I simply can not go hungry. We want every single person to know and understand that", Rahul Gandhi added. Back in 2013, J Jayalalithaa had launched Amma Unnavagam or Mother's canteen with a vision to provide low-priced meals for the people at large.

Currently, only 101 canteens will come to function but at the later stage, more canteens will be opened in the remaining 97 wards from October 2 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Fourteen kitchens will work round-the-clock to supply food to the canteens.

At Annapurna canteens, the government plans to provide three meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner - for just Rs 13. Rabhul Gandhi nearly said campaign instead of canteen at least twice in his speech.

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