London, August 24 :Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling him ‘episodic’ and said he lacks a coherent policy with regard to Pakistan and views Doklam as an event.
Speaking in London at his third high-profile Europe trip engagement, Rahul trained his guns on the Modi government’s foreign policy and said, “If you understand deeply the design of India, you will see that we are punching below our weight. I don’t see India maximising it’s power.”
In London, Rahul raised last year’s Doklam standoff, which saw Indian and Chinese soldiers engage in a near 70-day face off on the Doklam plateau and talked about range of issues from India’s foreign to economic policies.
“On Modi government, I would like to say that even with Pakistan, they lack a coherent strategy,There is no deeply thought out strategy by PM Narendra Modi when it comes to Pakistan,”Congress President Rahul Gandhi said at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.
The Congress President stated that it’s very difficult to converse with Pakistan because there is no one institution that holds supremacy. So we wait until they come to form a cohesive structure: Congress President
Sitting along with Sam Pitroa and Manish Tewari , Rahul Gandhi said, “Although we have a traditional link with the Chinese, with regards to the democratic structure we have more in common with European countries as China is aggressive and violent.”
“Doklam is not an isolated issue. It was a part of a sequence of events, it was a process. Prime Minister is episodic. He views Doklam as an event. If he was carefully watching the process, he could’ve stopped it,” he slammed the BJP led NDA government at the Centre for not solving the Doklam issue
He stated “the words used by Modi government are very interesting, they said Chinese have withdrawn from the point from contact from where the alercation happended but “the truth is the Chinese are still in Doklam today.”
FM busy in clearing visas
Rahul accused Prime Minster Narendra Modi of usurping the powers of the foreign minister and effectively reducing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to mere clearing the visas, Rahul said,”The Foreign Minister of India (Sushma Swaraj) “who has got nothing to do except issue visas”.
“Sushma Swaraj is more capable of handling world affairs but spends a massive amount of time in just making Visa, Rahul said..
He said he believed in breaking the monopoly of MEA and by making it more accessible to other elements of society so that a modern MEA can be formed.
On being asked about having ties with Russia and other countries , Rahul Gandhi said, “We see the world as a complex place and are flexible in our approach.”
India Businesses adversely affected under Modi’s rule : Rahul
“Businesses had expected a lot from PM Modi. But they are disappointed and are willing to support us. But today, there is an immense amount of pressure from CBI, ED on India’s businesses, he said.
“India’s economic power lies in millions of MSMEs- they create jobs. When one bypasses the entire institutional structure and decides to demonetise the nation, that is not maximising India’s power,” Rahul Gandhi said.,
He further stated that the idea of demonetisation came directly from RSS, “bypassed the Finance Minister & RBI, and was planted in Prime Minister’s head.”
Decentralisation is required
Congress President said that we can learn a lot from China as how the local governments run the system. In India PM Office holds too much power.
“India’s successes have come whenever power has been decentralised.What is going on in the last 4 years is a massive centralisation of power.” he said.
For 2019 Lok Sabha Polls
On being asked about the lesson learnt in 2004 and how about bringing change in strategy for 2019 lok sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi said , “The lesson we learned from 2014 is that leadership is about listening and empathy.”
RSS changing the fabric of India : Rahul
Rahul Gandhi was speaking at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London. He is in the United Kingdom, the second stop on his two-nation Europe trip. Earlier he was in Germany, where he attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
“RSS is trying to change the nature of India. Other parties haven’t tried to capture India’s institutions. RSS’s idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world:
“One of my main complaints about the current govt in India is that I don’t see a coherent strategy based on India’s strengths. I only see knee-jerk reactions.By creating divisions between 1.3billion people, India’s strengths are reduced,” Congress President said.
While concluding his interaction at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London, Rahul said, ” The West did not believe in India in 1947. But India proved the West wrong.What allowed us to succeed is that thousands and thousands of people built the institutions, and these are the institutions that are under attack today.”