Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Generate jobs to instill faith in youth, says Rahul

Generate jobs to instill faith in youth, says Rahul

Pointing to Opposition unity efforts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and by DMK, Trinamul Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, Mr Gandhi asked, "Where are they (BJP) going to win seats?"

An upbeat Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asserted that a united opposition would defeat the BJP, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, in the 2019 general elections. Though some of his recent interactions-like the 'NCC' controversy in Mysuru when he took questions from students-may have given BJP some ammunition to target him, but Rahul Gandhi has shown the courage to confront opposition and move on.

The Congress chief then headed for the home of Srinivas, a sweeper with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), where he had breakfast with the family.

Hinting at the coming together of the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for 2019, Gandhi said the opposition parties would keep aside their regional aspirations and personal ambitions to jointly bring down the BJP and Modi next year. His party has been long alleging that the deal of 36 Rafale fighter jets with the French government was finalized by the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Centre at a higher price than the previous deal for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) negotiated by the Congress led-United Progressive Alliance government. "We in the Congress know how to carry people".

"Rahul baba is asking us what has the Modi government done in four years, but the people of the country are seeking a report of development from four generations of his family", he said.

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The basic thing is how to get the country out of the "mess that Mr Modi and RSS has put it in", he said.

Taking potshots at RSS, the Congress leader accused it of generating anger and hatred in the society.

"The natural sort of political environment where there is a little bit of acrimony, but not hatred, needs to be restored", he said. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was present with city Mayor R Sampath Raj, told Gandhi that Karnataka has abolished the sanitation contractors hiring sanitation workers and enhanced their salaries from Rs 7,500 to Rs 18,000.

Stating that Modi had a "very good" opportunity after the 2014 election, Gandhi said a lot could have been done for the country. "They say it to us", Gandhi said.

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