Rahul defends Natarajan’s bouncer


New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday defended himself for the first time against former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan. Natarajan had earlier accused Rahul that he interfered in the approval of projects by saying he had asked her not to clear schemes that could affect the poor.

While speaking at an election rally at Bhalswa in North Delhi, Rahul Gandhi admitted that he had directed Natarajan not to approve projects in tribal areas without looking into the concerns of the poor. “Yes, I had spoken to Jayanthi Natarajan and told her that she should work for the welfare of tribals and the poor,” he said.

Gandhi further added that he was here to do politics  and look into the welfare of the poor and not for the rich. “I have fought for the poor and will continue to fight for them. I am not going to do politics for four or five rich corporate houses,” he said.

He alleged the BJP has played its card and have pushed Natarajan to speak against the ‘Yuvraj’ of COngress.