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Ultimate Goal is Solving Farmers’ Crisis and Unemployment, Not Defeating BJP: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi was delivering his address after the Associated Journals Limited announced the re-launch of Hindi newspaper Navjivan.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked the BJP government over the issue of jobs and farmers‘ dues, saying the Modi government considers farmers as a “liability”.

“Country is in grip of anger, and it’s rising… the reason behind this is the fact that the BJP government is not able to give jobs to the youth and this is the key challenge before the government,” he said.

He also charged that every institution in the country is being attacked.

“Institutions across the country are under threat. Media industry is being threatened and suppressed by the BJP. The BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh don’t want to listen or read anything against them. Media should write and present facts without fear. Congress is always ready to face criticism and correct itself, if, it’s wrong — that is the difference between us (Congress) and them (BJP),” he said.

Gandhi was delivering his address after the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) announced the re-launch of Hindi newspaper Navjivan. A commemorative publication was also released on the occasion.

“Main issues are jobs and dues of farmers,” he said, adding, “anger is rising in the country”.

He added that, “Defeating BJP in elections is not our ultimate goal. Our ultimate goal is solve farmers’ crisis and employment crisis. Farmers are not included in BJP’s vision. Without farmers, this country cannot progress.”

“The reason for this is that Centre is not able to give jobs to youth. And this is the central challenge before Narendra Modi,” he said.

“From the land of Punjab, I want to say this, be it the 21st century or the 22nd century, this country cannot move ahead without farmers. Food security and farmers’ future, without protecting these, the country cannot move forward, this is cent per cent clear,” he asserted.

“For jobs and farmers, Congress governments in states and at national level when our government will be formed, will have to work in a new way, with 21st century’s strategy and we can do this easily because we listen to the voice of India’s public,” he said.

“The Congress is fighting to protect institutions and we will win. We will defeat the BJP in the elections and show them their place. But we will have to go ahead. These two issues — one of jobs and the other one of farmers — will have to be solved,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was among those present on the occasion. He said, “The BJP government at the Centre had during the last four and half years been working in a manner that would be detrimental to India’s history. Country’s freedom seems to be in danger. People across the country need to understand that how this (BJP) government is attempting to divide the society and stay vigilant.”

(With PTI inputs)

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