NEW DELHI :
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi made a strong pro-youth pitch at a rally in Jaipur on Tuesday, saying they have the power to change the country and the world.
Addressing a key public meeting organized by the party’s youth wing, Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues related to the state of economy and rural distress.
The address holds significance as it is one of the biggest solo non-election public meeting that Gandhi addressed outside his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad in the last six months since Congress faced a drubbing in national elections.
“Every country has a national treasure, ours is the youth of the country…everyone agrees that the youth of this country can change the whole world. The 21st century India is wasting its treasure. This government and the PM are not allowing you to do what you can do for the country. Youths of this country go to schools and colleges ...Despite degrees, people do not get jobs," Rahul Gandhi said at Jaipur’s Albert Hall on Tuesday.
“One crore youth lost their job in the last year. Narendra Modi promised jobs for two crore youth but last year one crore youth lost their jobs. PM speaks on number of issues but not about what happened to the youth," Gandhi added.
A section of party leaders feel that the public meeting is part of the script for his return to the top post in the party. In August, Sonia Gandhi was appointed chief of the party following more than two months of uncertainty after Rahul Gandhi resigned from the top post taking responsibility of Congress’ second worst defeat in Lok Sabha polls.
On the issues of economy, Rahul Gandhi said the Prime Minister does not understand economy, specially the rural sector. “Ask an 8 year old whether demonetization was harmful or beneficial, they will tell you it was harmful. Earlier, India used to take on China…Only India can take them on, India’s youth can take them on. We have a big opportunity, but the sad part is we are wasting our treasure on this," he added.