Congress president Rahul Gandhi has started the party's election campaign in Kerala by addressing the fisherfolk.
Rahul Gandhi assured a group of traditional fishermen in Goa that if his party was voted to power at the Centre this year, a separate Union ministry would be created for fisheries.
"Gandhi assured us that a separate ministry for fisheries and fishermen welfare would be created in order to do justice to the sector once voted to power," said Olencio Simoes, Vice Chairperson of National Fisherworkers' Forum.
He said Gandhi agreed to include the demand of a separate ministry in the party's manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
He also promised to bring in legislation for 33 percent reservation for women in the parliament and State Assemblies.
Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Gandhi wondered who was sponsoring the advertisement of Mr. Modi in television and newspapers. "Around 15 big industrialists are marketing Mr. Modi and the Prime Minister is in turn protecting their interests," Mr. Gandhi alleged.