New Delhi, Jan 13 : Charging Prime Minister Narendra Modi of diverting attention from the main issues of joblessness and economic downturn facing the youth of the country by indulging in divisive policies and state opression of their protests, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the former does not have 'guts' to go any university and stand in front of the students .
Speaking to reporters after a meeting of opposition parties called by the Congress amid the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the national register for citizens, Rahul said,'there is a feeling of anger and fear in our students, in the weaker sections, in the farmers. The reason this fear exists is because there is a complete failure, absolute blanket disastrous failure on the economic front and on the employment front.
The opportunity that India had has been lost. We are busy discussing everything except the main issue, which is joblessness and our economic strength. This is being destroyed by Mr. Narendra Modi - Demonetization part-I and part-II. Instead of addressing this, instead of going to the students of India and saying, listen! this is what, I am going to do, this is how I am going to give you jobs, this is how I am going to set the economy right.
He is doing the biggest disservice to this nation by dividing this nation and distracting the attention of people. This is not going to help our country. Mr. Narendra Modi should stand up and have the courage to speak to the youngsters in these universities and tell them, why the Indian economy has become a disaster? Why it has become a basket case and why we have the highest unemployment in 50 years. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister does not have the guts to do this.
He does not have the guts to stand in front of the students of this country and tell them, so he crushes them using the police.' The Congress leader challenged Mr Modi to "go any of the universities, stand over there, without his police, and his infrastructure, and tell the people of the country, what you are going to do for this country". 'I challenge the Prime Minister right now, to go to any of the university, stand over there without his police, without his infrastructure and tell the people what he is going to do for this country,'he said. .
Taking to twitter, moments after the meeting, he said, "leaders from 20 like minded parties met in Delhi today to take stock of the political situation in the country and to evolve a common plan of action to effectively oppose the anti people policies of the Modi government.' On the doiscussions in the meeting, Rahul said,'the main discussion centered around the mood in the country. The fact that thousands and thousands students across the country, all religions, all communities have come out. There is a feeling of anger and fear in our students, in the weaker sections, in the farmers. The reason this fear exists is because there is a complete failure, absolute blanket disastrous failure on the economic front and on the employment front.' He also alleged that the the Prime Minister and the government are trying to distract people from the real issues by dividing them on the basis of religion etc. "The voice of the youth has emerged at the moment, (in the form of protest across the country) seems legitimate, The Prime Minister must answer and show them the way to future", he added.
The meeting, chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was attended by Mr Gandhi, former prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior Congress leaders A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and K C Venugopal, NCP surpremo Sharad Pawar, NCP leader Praful Patel, JMM chief and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI General Secretary D Raja, Loktantric Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha, RLD leader Ajit Singh, IUML's PK Kunhalikutty, RSP's Shatrujeet Singh, KCM's Thomas Chazhikadan, AIDUF's Sirajuddin Ajmal, National Conference's Justice Hasnain Masoodi, PDP's Mir Mohd Fayaz, JDS leader D Kupendra Reddy, HAM's Jitan Ram Manjhi, Swabhiman Paksha's Raju Shetty, Forward Block G Devarajan and VCK's Thol Thirumavalan . (UNI)