New Parliament is distraction, BJP can’t discuss real issues: Rahul

San Francisco: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi weighed into the proportion-per-population delimitation row while talking about the increased number of seats in the new Parliament House, which he said was a distraction as the real issues were unemployment that the BJP can’t discuss.

“I will have to look at exactly how they are thinking about doing it. One has to be very careful when one changes the representative structure of the country. I would be quite interested in understanding how they’ve come up with the number 800 and what are the criteria they are using,” Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday while interacting with the Indian diaspora here.

The former Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said, “India is a conversation. It is a negotiation between its languages, people, histories and cultures. And that negotiation has to be fair. Meaning all parts of India, all states of India should feel that there is fairness in the process of negotiation.”

He said: “If I see how exactly they are coming up with 800 and what is the design then I would be able to answer if I agree with the number 800 but I have not seen how they have calculated it.

“It depends how the ratios change. It is currently based on population. I think the Parliament House is a distraction. The real issues in India are unemployment, price rise, spread of anger and hatred, crumbling educational system, price of health. BJP can’t really discuss these issues, that’s why they have to do this whole sceptre thing. Lying down and doing all that.”

During an interaction with the Indian community at the University of Santa Clara, he responded to a question about the provision of seating 888 in the newly inaugurated Parliament building and whether proportion to population was a fair way of ensuring representation.

Rahul Gandhi is on a six-day visit to the US and he will attend several programmes in California, New York and Washington D.C.

Rahul Gandhi also said that the best way to explain is — “it is nafrat ke bazaar me mohabbat ki dukan.

“It is felt most strongly by the Muslim community because it is done most directly to them, but in fact it is done to all minorities and the same way your feelings are attacked and I can guarantee the same feelings by Sikhs, Christians, Dalit and the poor,” he said, while responding to a question what hope he will give to the Muslims.

“Anybody who is poor in India today feels the same way, if he looks at the extreme wealth that a limited number of people have, he feels the same way in which you feel. That is what is going on, how is it that these five people have lakhs of crores, and I have nothing to eat. You feel it most because it is directed at you more directly but it is phenomena. And you cannot cut hatred with hatred, it is impossible you can only cut it with love and affection. And, how easy it was to erase hatred in India.

“I didn’t imagine that by holding a yatra it would have such an impact. The people don’t believe in hating each other, don’t believe in killing. This is a small group of people who have got control of the system, media and who are fully supported by big money,” he added. – IANS

Extremely important to continue engaging constructively, seriously with India: Trudeau

Ottawa: Despite levelling allegations over the involvement of India in the murder case of Canada-based pro-Khalistan hardliner Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that it was "extremely...

Jaishankar refutes Trudeau’s allegations on Nijjar’s killing, says it’s not India’s policy

New Delhi: In a rebuke to the allegations levelled by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the involvement of India in the murder case of Canada-based pro-Khalistan hardliner Hardeep Singh...

Jaishankar sets agenda for India in multipolar world as bridge-builder, voice of South

United Nations: India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar set the agenda for a multipolar world where India is both a leader and a bridge-builder and the voice of the South...

US Ambassador in India defends PoK visit of American envoy in Islamabad

New Delhi: The US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti on Tuesday dismissed criticism of the American envoy in Islamabad visiting Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) on the ground that a US delegation had...

Trudeau’s India allegation based on ‘shared intelligence from Five Eyes’: US ambassador

Ottawa: US Ambassador to Canada David Cohen has said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegation against India was based on "shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners," the media reported. "There...

Canada has ‘evidence’ linking Indian diplomats to Nijjar murder case

Ottawa: The Canadian government has collected "human and signal intelligence" involving Indian officials, including Indian diplomats present in Canada linking them to killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the media reported....

‘Fight against terrorism paramount’: Hope diplomatic engagement will take place between India-Canada, says Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday said that the country’s fight against terrorism has to be uncompromising, especially when it threatens India's sovereignty, unity and integrity and hoped that intensive...

Women Reservation Bill passage teasing illusion, another election ‘jumla’: Chidambaram

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday said the Women's Reservation Bill passed by Parliament was a "teasing illusion" and that it will not be implemented until 2029...

Intelligence on Nijjar’s killing provided by ally from Five Eyes

Toronto: Intelligence provided by an ally from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and communication intercepts between Indian officials that led Ottawa to hold New Delhi responsible for Khalistan leader Hardeep...

Trudeau went public with Nijjar claims as it was going to come out in media: Indian-origin Sikh minister

Toronto: A top Indian-origin Canadian Sikh minister has said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went public with allegations implicating India in Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar's killing as he learned...

Canada’s allegations on terrorist’s killing appear to be politically driven, diplomats may be reduced, says India

New Delhi: India on Thursday said that Canada has not given any specific information about its allegations of New Delhi's hand in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar,...

Canada High Commission calls on Indian govt to ensure safety, security of diplomats, staff

New Delhi: Amid growing tensions, the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi on Thursday called on the Indian government to ensure safety and security of diplomats and staff after they...

Read Previous

Padma Lakshmi ‘honoured’ to be among World’s Most Influential People on TIME 100

Read Next

Mamata joins protest rally in Kolkata on wrestlers’ issue

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By :