Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Saturday. He asserted by using terms such as “rigid thinking” which hampers creativity and start-ups in the country.
Rahul Gandhi said while he was interacting with B-school students of the prestigious Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).
“The RSS have a clear idea of what the world should be, according to their view point,” he asserted.
“We have been a traditional agri-economy, but we have made a smooth transition from agri to IT and knowledge economy now. A few years ago, we had launched National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), it was strongly resisted, but now it contributes in a large measure to the nine percent growth as it was injecting cash into rural economy and it built a rural infrastructure,” he added.
The congress vice-president was citing examples stating that the congress party brought and encourage a culture of tolerance in the country. He noted that the people were free to come up with ideas which ultimately brought about the freedom movement.
“When you are intolerant, you curb the movement of ideas. India needs openness, flexibility. You can’t have start-ups and be intolerant at the same time,” said Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi hit out at the ruling BJP-led NDA’s policies. He asserted on the fact that India is an agrarian economy. But the present government was not doing enough for the farmers.
“The UPA had strategy of supporting farmers, but the present government has a different focus which is not on farmers or agriculture. They tried to stop NREGA and other UPA policies, but we put pressure on them,” he said.
Though Indian farms are now divided and not capable of sustaining families, he said agriculture was not a problem for the farmers, but for the businessmen, industrialists, etc.
“That’s why it’s considered easier to launch start-ups in states like Maharashtra or Karnataka, but businesses face a huge problem in Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, though some of the most entrepreneurial people come from there,” said Rahul Gandhi.