Berlin, Aug 24: Describing the Congress as a party that belongs to the people of India, party president Rahul Gandhi has charged the BJP and RSS of dividing the country and spreading hate.
Addressing the Indian Overseas Congress in Berlin on Thursday night, Rahul launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation, lack of jobs, non fulfillment of promise of special status for Andhra Pradesh and alleged irregularities in the deal for Rafale fighter jets. He also pitched for greater reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies.
"The Congress is a party that belongs to the people of India. The worker of the BJP belongs to the BJP while the worker of the Congress is an Indian citizen. "While the congress believes in working for all. However, the government in India today works in a different way. "Today, our competition is with China but the BJP and the RSS are dividing us and spreading hate. However, the job of the congress is to unite people and take the country forward.'
Attacking the PM on the Rafale deal, Rahul questioned why the contract for Rafale was given to Anil Ambani if Reliance who had NPAs of Rs 45,000-cr and whose company did not have experience of defence production. He also accused the PM of divesting the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) if the offset contract thus losing out on opportunity to create jobs. 'Why did Narendra Modi give contract for Rafale to Anil Ambani who owes Rs 45,000-cr to banks and whose company does not have experience of defence production?,' he asked.
Attacking the PM on demonetisation, he charged him of destroying the informal sector through the policy. Calling the unorganised sector as the 'backbone' of the Indian economy, Rahul said the number of jobs being generated by the sector was far greater than the top industrial houses of the country yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government were taking several steps to undermine this sector.
'The backbone of the Indian economy is the informal sector. However steps like demonetisation sought to undermine this sector in this process, cut to go down on 2 per cent of the country 's GDP, ' Rahul said. (UNI)