'Every city in Bengaluru...': Another gaffe as Rahul Gandhi inaugurates Indira canteens

Posted August 17, 2017

"Indira Canteen". Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched Karnataka government's Indira Canteen scheme in Bengaluru but during the inauguration speech he had a slip of the tongue.

The canteens are named after former Indian PM Indira Gandhi, and will provide food at a minimal cost of Rs 5 and 10.

He went a step ahead and boasted how Indira Canteens are better than Tamil Nadu's Amma Canteens and said, "Amma Canteen only serves breakfast and lunch".

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Manoj Rajan, special commissioner, Indira Canteen, said that there would be a token system for the combo meals.

One must now wait and watch to see if the move by Siddaramaiah to get Rahul Gandhi to inaugurate this pro-poor initiative works out or backfires. He said that millions in Bengaluru, including construction workers and small shop owners, will be able to afford a meal in the city because of the canteens. Soon, over the next couple of months, every single city in Bangalore, every single poor person in every single city in Bangalore will feel that in the State of Karnataka, under the Siddaramaiah Government, "I simply can not go hungry" he said. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka is aiming to push its populist agenda in a city where its main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues to have a strong presence in terms of assembly seats.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in Independence Day speech on Tuesday that the aim is to make Karnataka hunger-free.

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More will be opened in the remaining 97 wards from October 2 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

The canteens have come up in parks and playgrounds in some of the localities.

Cost per plate in Canteen? Believed to have been inspired by Jayalalitha's "Amma Canteens" idea, the Indira canteen was initially referred to as "Namma Canteen", but the name was later changed to "Indira Canteen" for political reasons.

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