Now vs UPA: Rahul Gandhi’s fresh salvo on PM over unemployment, price rise

Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issues of unemployment and price rise. “Prime Minister said ‘70 saal maine kya kiya? (What did we do for 70 years?)’ Well, Mr Narendra Modi, we never gave India the level of unemployment you have given it in 70 years. We never gave India the record price rise it faces today,” Gandhi said.

Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra reached Kerala’s cultural capital Thrissur on Saturday.

Addressing a massive public meeting at Shri Vadakkumnadha temple complex this evening, Rahul Gandhi said, “A gas cylinder used to cost around Rs 400 during the UPA’s time. The PM used to go and complain about gas cylinders worth Rs 400 in speeches after speeches. But today he doesn’t say a word about gas cylinders that cost Rs 1,000. You have massive increases in petrol prices, in diesel prices. Every day, more and more money is taken out of your pocket and all the money that is taken out of your pocket is going into the pockets of the three-four richest businessmen in India.”

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The Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra started from Kanyakumari on September 7 and is headed for Kashmir. The three issues that are central to this Yatra include communal harmony, unemployment and price rise.

Stating that there is a connection between the hatred and violence in society and the unemployment and high prices in the country, the Wayanad MP said, “The truth is that the violence, hatred and the anger that BJP spreads is designed to distract you. It is designed to distract you from the main issues that you are facing, which are the cause of tremendous pain for millions of Indians – which is why millions of students don’t get proper education, which is why you can’t get proper hospital when you fall ill. And the reason is that today, India is not run for the people of India.

India today is seeing the highest level of unemployment it has ever faced, Rahul Gandhi said.

“It (India) is not run for small and medium businessmen, it is not run for the labourers, it is not run for the farmers, it is not run for the youth. Rather, India is being run for the interest of the five or six richest people in India. They can monopolise any business they want. They can dream any dream they want, but the youngsters of India, the farmers of India, the small and medium businessmen of India aren’t allowed to dream any dream. For them, there are demonetisation, GST and farm bills. These policies are reserved for millions and millions of people in our country.”

Sharing his experience about the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Gandhi said, “Over the last few days, hundreds of students have walked with me and whenever a student walks with me I ask them what they are studying. And then I ask them what they plan to do. And I am surprised that university graduates after university graduates tell me that they can’t find a job and they want to go abroad. I ask them if they want to go abroad or are being forced to go. Because I have no problem if the student wants to go abroad, but I have a problem if he is being forced to go. And most of them are telling me that they actually don’t want to go, but are being forced to because there is no opportunity for them here.”

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