Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Made mistakes, but will present a new Congress, new vision: Rahul Gandhi

Made mistakes, but will present a new Congress, new vision: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi, now on a visit to Bahrain, his first visit overseas after taking over as the Congress chief, told a gathering of non-resident Indians (NRIs) that his party committed mistakes, as did he.

Over the last few months, Mr Gandhi had taken a page out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book, addressing Indians during his visit overseas.

The Congress took to Twitter and said Rahul Gandhi had a "euphoric reception" when he reached Bahrain.

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram also hit out at the government, saying, "No amount of sugar coating, false bravado and rhetoric along with headlines management can hide the stark reality".

There was a sign that there will be no change in the State leadership on 133rd Foundation Day function of party held here on December 27 where OPCC president Prasad Harichandan had given a call for collective leadership.

Congress said Gandhi's visit is part of his interactions with Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs).

He further claimed that job creation is "at an 8-year low in India" and that "instead of accepting that we are lacking in job creation, the government is not doing anything".

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Gandhi will also have an interactive session with business leaders of Indian Origin.

In the recent assembly elections in BJP-ruled Gujarat - considered the bellweather before the 2019 general elections - the Congress has managed to notch up its highest score in 35 years in face of a campaign where the BJP had pulled all stops.

Underlining India was the second-most populous country with 30,000 new youngsters coming daily into India's job market, he said that not providing education and jobs to these youngsters was "a recipe for disaster".

Praising the Indian diaspora, Gandhi said, "You send nearly 3.5% of India's GDP, you are responsible for adding to the wealth of the world".

"The government's failure to creating jobs is resulting in tremendous anger and unrest in India".

He will leave for Bahrain on January 7 and is likely to return on January 9.

This will be his first visit out of the country as the party president and comes to the lead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to the region. He also said the Congress will put pressure on the BJP government to pass the Women Reservation bill in Parliament."When we come to power we will definitely pass the women reservation bill in the Parliament". The Gandhi scion held closed-door discussions with state leaders in groups as well as one-on-one, giving rise to speculation that Prasad Harichandan's ouster was a matter of time.

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