August 24 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi is in UK where he will hold a series of meetings , including an interaction with parliamentarians in the House of Commons complex, business leaders and a diaspora event.
His first official visit to the UK has attracted a huge response from every section of the Indian diaspora community as well as students, the Indian Overseas Congress (IOC)-UK said.
“I am in the UK for the next couple of days. My packed schedule today includes interactions at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Parliament & the London School of Economics. I also have a meeting with members of the Labour Party’s Shadow Cabinet & with business leaders., ” Rahul tweeted.
Gandhi is accompanied by a 10-member delegation, including senior Congress leaders like Shashi Tharoor and Milind Deora.
“There has been a huge response to the visit. In fact, we did not get a chance to advertise the visit and had to book an extra hall for the mega diaspora conference,” said Kamalpreet Singh Dhaliwal, IOC president – UK and Europe.
BJP-RSS trying to divide, spread hatred in India: Rahul
In Berlin, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has lambasted the Narendra Modi government and said instead of competing with China, Rashtriya Swayamseva Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were working “to divide and spread hatred” in India.
Gandhi made the statement while addressing the Indian Overseas Congress on Thursday in Berlin. In an eight-minute video shared by the Indian National Congress on their Twitter.His address was not aired live due to a technical glitch.
Interacting with the Indian-origin parliamentarians, Gandhi has attacked the divisive politics of the Rashtriya Swayamseva Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that “the government which is now ruling in India, the BJP and RSS, want to divide and spread hatred in the country. The Congress party will not let this happen”.
Gandhi said the strength of India lies in listening to the views of every citizen, despite religion, section of the society and caste.
On his second day in Europe, Rahul was addressing a group of Indians living in Berlin. Rahul said that presently Congress’ job is ‘to unite people and focus on development’.
Referring to China, which is India’s actual competition, Rahul said that the Chinese government is able to employ 50,000 youths every 24 hours, where as Indian government can only manage to employ only 450 youth. He added, “There are long speeches but farmers end up committing suicides. Youths see no direction.”
By Arti Bali