Hon'ble Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi addressed the media ‘Save the Nation – Save Democracy’ meeting at Constitution Club, New Delhi

Hon'ble Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi addressed the media ‘Save the Nation – Save Democracy’ meeting at Constitution Club, New Delhi




 Highlights of the Media byte: February 01, 2019

Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi and various opposition leaders addressed the media after the ‘Save the Nation – Save Democracy’ meeting today at Constitution Club, New Delhi. 

Shri Rahul Gandhi said we had a meeting of opposition parties. The meeting was called to discuss issues of EVM, we are going to take that forward. 

But two big steps were taken in the meeting which was that all the parties have agreed to discuss in detail two central issues and then one structural issue that are facing the country. The biggest issue in front of the country today is jobs, where Shri Narendra Modi and BJP have failed completely. So, we are going to discuss jobs, agriculture and systematic attack on institutions that the government is carrying out. We have agreed periodic meeting on these issues and develop solutions to these problems. So, overall it was a very good meeting and everybody is quite excited to work.       

 On EVM, we have put together a document. We are going to Election Commission with this document at 5.30 on Monday and we have some proposals - distinct proposals.

On a question on VVPAT and EVMs, Shri Rahul Gandhi said the main issue with the EVMs is that there is a doubt in the minds of many-many people in this country about the fairness of the functioning of the EVM and so we want to create a back-up system so that people can be certain about what is going on. It is about building the confidence of people in the electoral process and yes we are looking at that measure. 

On another question about government’s move for farmers in the budget, Shri Rahul Gandhi said I do not think giving farmer Rs. 17 a day is adequately addressing anything. I think it is an insult to the Indian farmer to turn around and tell him that you are going to give him Rs. 17 every day. There could not be a bigger insult than this. As far as jobs are concerned, everybody knows we are on a 45 years high of unemployment. So, there is complete failure on these two fronts and these fronts are critical fronts. 

एक प्रश्न पर कि आपने छत्तीसगढ़ में किसानों के लिए न्यूनतम आय की बात की थी, जैसा आज मोदी सरकार ने बजट में किसानों को 500 रुपए महीने देने की बात की है और 2 महीने के अंदर 2000 रुपए किसानों के खाते में चला जाएगा, आपने कहा कि मोदी सरकार ने किसानों का अपमान किया है, तो क्या माना जाए कि लोकसभा चुनाव में ये एक बड़ा मुद्दा होगा, श्री गांधी ने कहा कि आप साढे तीन लाख करोड़ रुपए 15 लोगों का कर्जा माफ कर सकते हैं और किसान को आप केवल 17 रुपए देते हो, दिन के 17 रुपए! ये अपमान नहीं है तो क्या हैतो चुनाव बिल्कुल किसान के मुद्दे पर, रोजगार के मुद्दे पर और इंस्टीट्यूशनस पर जो आक्रमण हो रहा है, इन तीन मुद्दों पर चुनाव होगा। आखिरी बात और जो बहुत जरुरी बात है, प्रधानमंत्री जी के भ्रष्टाचार राफेल मामले पर चुनाव होगा। इस विषय पर अभी लंबी प्रेस वार्ता नहीं कर सकते हैं क्योंकि कुछ लोगों की फ्लाईट है। 

On a question related to surgical strike and BJP’s claim that opposition is issueless, Shri Gandhi said- The surgical strike is going to happen in the next couple of months with Mr. Modi and the Government. There will be one surgical strike after another on Rafale, on Demonetization, on Job and Agriculture.

एक अन्य प्रश्न पर कि आपके ट्वीट पर बीजेपी ने प्रतिक्रिया देते हुए कहा है कि आज अंतरिम बजट पेश करके विपक्ष को मुद्दा विहीन कर दिया है, क्या कहेंगे, श्री गांधी ने कहा कि हमारे पास बहुत मुद्दे हैं और भ्रष्टाचार का जो सबसे बड़ा मुद्दा है, जो हिंदुस्तान की जनता को अब समझ आ गया है। नरेन्द्र मोदी जी 30,000 करोड़ रुपए अनिल अंबानी को सीधे देते हैं, HAL को परे करते हैं, फ्रांस के राष्ट्रपति कहते हैं कि हिंदुस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री ने मुझे कहा है कि कॉन्ट्रैक्ट अनिल अंबानी को मिलना है, तो मुद्दों की कहाँ कमी है हमारे पास। 


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