Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

BJP lock horns with Rahul Gandhi over his speech in Bahrain

Rahul Gandhi Cong has ability to defeat BJP in 2019 polls: Rahul to Indians in Bahrain
Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 18:02

He referred to the Triple Talaq bill, whose passage the Congress had stalled in the Rajya Sabha and accused the Congress of failing to take a stand on an issue of woman's respect and justice.

Gandhi, who's going to visit Singapore and Canada next followed by another one to the Middle East, attacked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He accused the government of dividing people on the basis of caste and religion and said it was channelling the fear of jobless young people into "hatred between communities".

Noting that Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and B R Ambedkar were also NRIs, he said "Our ancestors needed you in 1947 to protect the idea of India and I have come to seek your help to transform India now".

"Your talent, skills, tolerance, patriotism is what India needs today. And we can not do that at home without our largest skill base on the planet - all you people in this room", he said.

The Congress president also met with Bahrain foreign minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Gulf Daily News reported.

Gandhi is expected to return to India later on January 9.

"The Indian youth today is unsure of his future. Rahul Gandhi's attempt to malign India's image on foreign soil is highly shameful", he said at a press conference.

He added that the "tragedy" was that instead of focusing on critical issues like poverty alleviation, job creation and building a world-class education system, "we see instead rise in the forces of hatred and division".

"There is a discussion about what one should eat, what one you should protest about" added Rahul.

Over the last few months, Gandhi had taken a page out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book, addressing Indians during his visit overseas.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi's sharp criticism of the Modi government from Bahrain, while promising a new "shining Congress" prompted the BJP to accuse him of trying to spread hatred overseas.

"Activists and journalists are threatened; they are shot dead for expressing their views".

The BJP fielded Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to counter Rahul's statement. His two-week visit to United States last September had signaled what is being seen as the turnaround of the Congress leader, whom critics have accused of a lack of leadership skills.