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Rahul vows parliament representation for NRIs
Imran Mojib January 12, 2019
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DUBAI: Rahul Gandhi, President of the Congress Party of India, promised Non Resident Indians (NRIs) proper representation in both houses of Indian Parliament – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Addressing NRIs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday during his maiden UAE visit, Gandhi said that he is aware of aspirations of NRIs in this region and he is ready to help them achieve it.

“I understand that you have problem of representation. You have a desire for representation in the Parliament. We are going to do that so that your voice is heard in India. Your voice is going to be strongly embedded into our manifesto as well,” he said.

He said that Indian Overseas Congress Chairman Sam Pitroda will have detailed discussion with NRIs and ask them what to include in the Congress Party’s manifesto for the upcoming General Elections in India.

“I want people from this crowd who have understanding to help us create the manifesto for the future of India. It will be expression of not only Congress Party, but of over a billion Indians including youth, farmers and NRIs,” he said.

Gandhi also assured people of Andhra Pradesh that the state will get Special Status as soon as his party comes to power in the country.

People from Andhra Pradesh as well as the state government have been demanding Special Category Status so that the state will get special benefits and will be able to attract more investment, which will help it revive its economy following the loss to the state after its bifurcation.

Rebuilding India

Rahul Gandhi called upon the NRI community to play their part in India’s development.

“You are India’s biggest strength. You have made a tremendous role in making India what it is today. Without the help of NRIs, it would have been impossible for India to be where it is today,” he said.

Recalling the major contribution of NRIs, he mentioned Mahatma Gandhi’s decision to return to India and lead the freedom movement, Sam Pitroda’s coming home to revolutionise telecom sector, and Verghese Kurien for leading Operation Flood – the world’s largest agricultural dairy development programme.

“I want you to understand that India’s future is connected with you. If you are happy and successful, India is happy and successful. You are part of that great India and you have to show it to the world,” he told to a cheering crowd.

Major Problems

Gandhi said that currently India is facing two major problems – unemployment and mistreatment of farmers.

He said that over a billion people are facing crisis due to unemployment that was caused by Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation.

He said India has the potential to compete with China in manufacturing and employment and NRIs have a central role in achieving it. “You have shown us how to deal with problems like transportation and urbanisations. You need to play your role in resolving India’s problems,” he added.

He also called upon the NRIs to help transform agriculture sector in the country to help farmers. “Today, farmers are in deep trouble. They are struggling and don’t see their future. We have to carry out a new Green Revolution,” he said.

Political Challenges

He stressed that today India has been divided for political reasons and for political benefits. It is impossible for a divided country to be successful just like a divided cricket team can’t win a match.

“Every single Indians is responsible for bringing India together once again. We have to say that enough is enough. This is not many countries, not many religions, not many communities. This is one country. I want all of you to commit,” he said.

“It makes me sad that instead of discussing how to defeat unemployment, how to build a future for youngsters, how to empower women, we are fighting and threatening each other.”

He expressed confidence that the Congress Party will win in the upcoming general elections and will take up those challenges head on.

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