With the general election drawing near, Rahul Gandhi has begun an outreach programme named Apni Baat Rahul Ke Saath. The seven students were the first to interact with him as part of the initiative. Rahul will have several such sessions with students.
Pratishtha Deveshwar (20-year-old student of Lady Shri Ram College) was among seven students from different parts of the country who had a “surprise” dinner interaction over Chinese food with Congress president Rahul where they shared their ideas about improving the lives of people and were promised that some of the suggestions would be included in the party manifesto.
Asked what Rahul thought of her, Pratishtha said: “He told me that ‘you are pretty impressive for a 20-year-old’, which is a compliment I am going to hold onto for my entire life. He knows how to give importance to everyone.”
“He was open to a conversation and discussion in trying to understand things,” said Pratishtha. “You do not expect such things from a person of this stature. It really breaks the ice between the big politicians and the ‘aam aadmi’,” the political science student said, referring to Rahul serving her food during the two-hour interaction at an upscale restaurant in New Delhi on Friday.
Pratishtha said Rahul told her that he would work on issues such as making colleges and universities more accessible.
“I also suggested that the Congress needs to come out with its manifesto in Braille…. He assured me that they will do so,” she said.
The youngsters found Rahul “warm and affable”.
Rahul Gandhi Answered More Questions
To a question on the 10 per cent reservation for the upper-class poor, he said, “The bottom line of India today is that there are no jobs. So you can reserve anything you want.”
China was producing 50,000 jobs every 24 hours, whereas India was producing only 450, Mr Gandhi said, adding, “We are facing a massive crisis.”
To another question on the Narendra Modi government, he said, “The basic idea of this government is to control. That means you want to control the Supreme Court, you want to control the Election Commission, you want to control the VCs (vice chancellors of universities), you want to control everything. That is the problem.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has put out a video of his interaction with students on Twitter using hashtag #ApniBaatRahulKeSaath
I met a group of really interesting students from all over India, for dinner a few days ago. I learnt a lot from the wonderful exchange of ideas & perspectives. Here’s a short video with the highlights of our interaction.#ApniBaatRahulKeSaath pic.twitter.com/H9pW3t1ur1
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 5, 2019
The Congress chief intends to hold similar interactions with students from across the country in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election this year, seeking to touch base with the younger generation.
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