The Congress president, Rahul Gandhi has thanked the NRIs of Germany for helping form the party government in Punjab and said the Congress was working on the philosophy of Guru Nanak.
Addressing a cheering crowd in Berlin, Gandhi said, 'Its said a friend in need is a friend indeed. You all helped form a Congress government in Punjab for which I thank you. The Punjab Government is your Government. If you ever find any difficulty there, let me know. My doors are open for you 24 hours.'
Present at the event was former MP,Ms. Preneet Kaur, who earlier addressed the gathering of Indian Overseas Congress and spoke of the steps Punjab Government had taken for the benefit of NRIs.
Gandhi referred to Ms.Kaur in his speech and said she was also always available to redress diaspora grievances. He also spoke of his thought being influenced cent per cent by Guru Nanak and hailed the concept of langar in the Sikh religion equating it with the Congress outlook of reaching the last man in the line.
'You said my thoughts appear influenced by Guru Nanak's teachings. Yes they are cent per cent inspired by Guru Nanaks teachings. The Guru spoke of unity in diversity and that's what the Congress party believes and fosters. What is langar? Langar means no one should go back hungry no matter how small or weak.'
Gandhi accused the BJP and RSS of dividing India and spreading hatred and anger and asked the attending Indians, 'have you ever heard of an Indian going anywhere in a foreign land and spreading anger. Our government is dividing its own people and spreading hatred whereas Congress works to bring everyone together.'
The Congress president said, 'India’s competition is with China. Jobs will either go to China or come to us. Chinese government creates 50,000 jobs in 24 hours and Indian government creates 450 jobs in the same time. Farmers are committing suicides, youth see no future. Our government is working in a different way.'
Gandhi is in Europe to engage NRIs and raise funds for the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He will be addressing a gathering at the London School of Economics later.