“BJP has no ‘Himmat’ to talk to youth on jobs, economic crisis”: Rahul Gandhi in Assam
GUWAHATI: Taking a diversion from the regular poll campaigns, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday interacted with the students at Dibrugarh and encouraged the students to take an active part in the politics of the country.
Taking questions from the students and answering them, the Congress leader challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to also hold similar interactive sessions with the students and others and reply to their queries and grievances.
Rahul Gandhi said, “Neither the PM nor the CM has ‘himmat’ (courage) to take people’s questions and answer them. From the grievances of farmers to the students of the country, the BJP government has no courage to answer them democratically.”
He said that the Narendra Modi-led government was afraid of student’s power and that’s why the current government has been trying to dominate the voice of the students. He also mentioned how students were jailed and killed during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) movement in Assam.
“Instead of generating employment amongst the youths of the country and address the economic crisis, the BJP government is only spreading hatred amongst people,” he alleged.
Without taking the name of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ruling BJP’s ideological parent organization, Gandhi said, “Democracy is declining. Youth is unemployed, farmers are protesting, CAA is there. A force, born in Nagpur, trying to control the whole country and dividing people in the name of religion.” The reference to the RSS was apparent in Rahul’s address.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that youth should actively participate in politics and fight for Assam and their rights. “Democracy means the voice of Assam should control the state. If we don’t include students then there can be no democracy because the students are the guardians of India’s democracy in the future time,” he said.
The Congress leader was on a two-day visit to the state to campaign for the party candidates fielded for the upcoming elections. Gandhi will address three rallies in the poll-bound state starting Friday and release the party manifesto on Saturday.
Assam polls are being held over three phases – March 27, April 1 and 6 – with the results due to be declared on May 2.