BJP draws Rahul-Modi contrast

Cong has ability to defeat BJP in 2019 polls: Rahul to Indians in Bahrain

Cong has ability to defeat BJP in 2019 polls: Rahul to Indians in Bahrain

The BJP on Tuesday dubbed Rahul Gandhi's speech in Bahrain as "irresponsible", alleging that the Congress president was spreading "hatred" among Indians with his speeches overseas like he did in the country.

Addressing Non Resident Indians at a meeting of Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) at Manama in Bahrain on Monday, Gandhi blamed the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government for dividing people on the basis of caste and religion and alleged that it was converting the anger of jobless youth into hatred between communities. "You have shown us how you have built the countries you have journeyed to", he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the contribution of Indians staying overseas and acting as goodwill ambassadors who improved relations between the country of their origin and residence. "This anger is visible in the streets and is rising rapidly", he said, adding the "tragedy" is that instead of focusing on what is critical issues like poverty alleviation, job creation and building a world class education system, "we see instead rise in the forces of hatred and division". "They are shot dead for expressing their views".

Prasad questioned Rahul's silence on the killings of BJP and RSS workers in Kerala and Karnataka. "The attempt by Rahul Gandhi to "malign" India's image on the foreign soil is highly shameful", he said at a press conference. "Congress, which cannot take a stand on women empowerment, how can they preach to us?" "The Congress president is spreading hatred among people", Prasad said.

"Rahul has been silent on spreading casteism in Gujarat".

He said the Congress' objective behind launching the outreach campaign was to make citizens aware about the "anti-people" policies of the NDA government. Rahul must clarify whether the stand taken by the Congress is politics of "love" or "hatred".

"These are figures stated by a Minister in our Parliament". He said that the global impression about India has changed over the last three to four years. He said the hopes and aspirations of India are at an all-time high.

The prime minister said that PIOs are like permanent ambassadors of India wherever they reside, and he always attempts to meet them when he is travelling overseas.

Noting that Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and B R Ambedkar were also NRIs, he said "Our ancestors needed you in 1947 to protect the idea of India and I have come to seek your help to transform India now".

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