The Congress President Rahu lGandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Germany over attacks on women, “lack of jobs,” demonetisation and “flawed” implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and said corporates were being favoured over the rights of the marginalised communities.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who reached Hamburg as part of a four-day tour of the United Kingdom and Germany, met Niels Annen, minister of state and member of Bundestag, the German federal parliament.
Gandhi and Annen discussed Indian and German politics, the devastating floods in Kerala, the GST and jobs.
Here’s a Roundup Of His Speech!
On Dalits and Minorities
He accused the BJP government of excluding tribals, Dalits and minorities from the development process.
“They do not feel that every single person in India should have access to fruits of transformation. They feel that tribal communities, poor farmers, Dalit, should not get the same benefits as the elite of the country gets. We feel everybody took the risk, everybody should get the reward,” Gandhi said.
“The other thing they have done is they have started attacking the support structures that were designed to help certain groups of people,” he added
GST, demonetisation making India ‘angry’:
Gandhi alleged that demonetisation carried out by Modi had taken away lakhs of jobs as it had destroyed cash flow of small and medium businesses.
Asserting that the transformation taking place in the world requires certain protection for people, he accused the current dispensation in India of taking these protections away from them and hitting the informal economy through demonetisation and GST, causing anger which is leading to lynching incidents.
Gandhi also accused the BJP government of excluding tribals, Dalits and minorities from the development process.
“It is very dangerous in the 21st century to exclude people. If you don’t give people a vision in the 21st century somebody else will give them one. And that’s the real risk of excluding large number of people from our development processes,” he said.
“They (the BJP government) feel that tribal communities, poor farmers, lower caste people, minorities shouldn’t get the same benefits as the elite,” the Congress president alleged.
Joblessness, Inequality the Cause for Lynchings
“He alleged that a couple of years back Prime Minister Narendra Modi “demonetised the Indian economy and destroyed the cash flow” of all small and medium businesses rendering millions jobless.
“They imposed a badly conceptualised GST which complicated lives further,” Mr Gandhi said.
“Large numbers of people who worked in small businesses were forced back to the villages and these three things that the government has done has made India angry.
“And that’s what you get to read in the newspapers. When you hear about lynchings, when you hear about attacks on Dalits in India, when you hear about attacks on minorities in India, that’s the reason for it,” Mr Gandhi said.
Mr Gandhi also said there is a big job problem in India but the prime minister refuses to see it. “You have to (first) accept the problem, to fix it,” he said.
The Infamous Hug
He said that some of his own party members did not like it when he hugged PM Modi in Parliament. He said Modi was making “hateful remarks” about him but he showed affection. The basic idea is – it is foolish to respond hate with hate, as doing so would not solve any problem, Gandhi said.
On violence and safety of women
Addressing the safety of women in the country, Gandhi said level of violence is increasing in India and “women were getting a huge share of it.” He called for a change in the attitude of Indian men at the way they treated women.
Gandhi also talked about his father, former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s assailants
“When I saw the man who killed my father lying dead in a field in Sri Lanka, I did not like it, I saw his crying children in him,” he said.
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velupillai Prabhakaran, responsible for the killing of Rajiv Gandhi, was shot dead by Sri Lankan troops in 2009.
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