New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic policies, accusing him of causing “tremendous damage” to India’s economy with “reckless and dangerous” decisions like demonetisation and “hastily-applied” GST.
Rahul, in his interaction with students of the University of California, Berkeley, said “violence, anger and the politics of polarisation have raised their ugly head in India”.
In a rare bit of introspection, he also talked about what has led to the Congress party’s decline.
“Around 2012, arrogance crept into Congress party and we stopped having conversations with people,” he said when asked about the Congress party’s path forward and whether it had any shortcomings.
He went on to flay the Modi government saying “the politics of polarisation is very dangerous. Hatred, anger and violence can destroy us. Liberal journalists are being shot. People are being lynched, Dalits are being killed over suspicions of carrying beef, Muslims are killed over suspicions of eating beef, all this is new in India.”
The BJP has taken offence to the attack on ‘New India’, a construct that the PM himself had coined in his Independence Day speech and has also taken offence to Rahul Gandhi criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi while he was on foreign soil.
Further, he said jobs in India need to be created democratically. Around 30,000 new youngsters were joining the job market every single day and the government was only creating 500 jobs a day. “This does not include the massive pool of already employed youngsters,” he added.