Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said there are now two distinct Indias, one for the rich and the other for the poor. “The gap between the two is growing,” he said in parliament, during a debate on the presidential address.
“You keep talking about Made in India, Made in India. Made in India is not possible anymore. You have destroyed ‘Made in India’. You need to support small and medium industries, otherwise ‘Made in India’ is not possible. Small and medium industries are the only ones who can create jobs,” Rahul Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha.
“You keep talking about Made in India, Start-Up India, etc. And joblessness is only increasing.”
The Congress MP tore into the government over unemployment and said it was because of “your flawed vision that two Indias are being created.”
Mr Gandhi accused the ruling BJP of bringing back the idea of a “king of India” that was “smashed in 1947”.
“You will never ever in your life rule over the people of Tamil Nadu. No matter what fantasies you have, you will never ever rule over the people of a state of India,” he said as he illustrated his point on cooperative federalism, “conversation and negotiation”.
“That is the only way India has been ruled. You can look at Ashoka, Maurya, the country has always been ruled by conversation and negotiation.”
“My great grandfather was jailed for 15 years. My grandmother was shot 32 times. My father was blown to bits. So I know what I am talking about. You are fiddling with something very, very dangerous. I am advising you to stop. If you don’t stop you will create a problem
The problem has already started,” Mr Gandhi said.
He spoke on what he called the idea of a Union of States versus the idea of a king.
“We smashed that idea of a king in 1947. Now the idea of a king has come back. A king, a shahenshah. A ruler of rulers, a master of masters…”
Here are the Highlights of Rahul Gandhi’s Parliament address:
What did the Presidential address not speak about? I think there are three fundamental things: The first is the idea that there are two Indias, not one India. One is for the extremely rich people who have immense wealth and don’t need jobs. The other is for the poor: Rahul Gandhi
For my friends in the government, the spirit with which I speak is of discomfort, the spirit is not of criticism. Take it from a citizen of the country who is concerned about the situation. The gap between the two Indias is growing. You (President) didn’t speak about what happened in Bihar. There was not a single sentence about unemployment in the President’s address. India’s youth is asking for employment but your government couldn’t give jobs. Three crore youth lost employment in 2021. Highest unemployment in 50 years: Rahul Gandhi
“How much employment is given, you don’t speak about that because if you do people of the country will think you are joking. Most of our jobs are in the informal sector. You gave money from that sector to India’s richest. You attacked the informal sector. How? Through demonetisation, wrong GST, no help during Covid. 84% of the population’s income has decreased. In the UPA government, 23 crores were lifted out of poverty,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“These are not our stats. These are true stats. You have put 23 crore people back into poverty. Monopolies are being formed in the formal sector. One person was given, I won’t name, all of India’s ports, airports, mining, gas distribution, whatever there is. Adani can be seen there. On the other side, there is Ambani ji. All of the money is going to a chosen few,” he said.
“All small and medium industries have been destroyed by you. If you supported them, the manufacturing sector could have been created. You talk about “Make-in-India” but it can’t be so because they are informal sector and small and medium industries that you have destroyed. In the last five years, manufacturing jobs dropped by 46%,” Mr Gandhi said.
“Do not think this India will stay quiet. This poor India can see India’s richest 100 have more wealth than 55 crore people,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“Start uniting these two Indias as soon as possible. You are giving everything to a few people who put you on TV and WhatsApp. If you read the Constitution, you’ll find that India is described as a union of states. It is not described as a nation. That means that brothers from Tamil Nadu have the same rights as my brother from Maharasthra, J&K, Manipur, and Lakshadweep,” he said.
“It is a negotiation, it is a conversation, it is a partnership, not a kingdom. You’ll never ever rule over the people of Tamil Nadu. No matter what fantasies you might have. It (ruling Indian states) has never been done in 3,000 years. Look at any empire you want. India has always been ruled by conversation. You have no idea of history, you have no idea what you are dealing with,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“The people of Kerala have a culture, they have dignity, they have a history. The people of Rajasthan have a culture, they have dignity, they have a history, they have a way of life. This is like a bouquet of flowers. I learn from all the people. I learn from you. There is another vision that India can be ruled by a stick from the Centre. Every time that has happened, the stick has been broken,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“I’ll speak on the Emergency as well. I don’t fear talking about it. There are two visions of India. No power has been able to challenge this bouquet of flowers. The idea of a king has come back which Congress removed in 1947. Now there is a shehanshah. Now the instruments of the conversations between our state and people are being attacked by one idea. So, for example, today the idea of Tamil Nadu is excluded from the Indian institution. You are saying get out of here. They don’t have a voice. The farmers of Punjab can stand up but they do not have a voice. They died during the coronavirus pandemic during their protests. But the king didn’t listen,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“I was speaking to a brother from Manipur. He said, “I never felt so insulted.” He said a Manipuri delegation had gone to meet Home Minister Amit Shah. They were asked to take off their shoes outside his house but inside, Amit Shah was wearing chappals. I will show you the photo Speaker Sir. This is not the way to treat the people of India. It is like, “You are nobody, I am everybody. That is why I will wear a shoe and you will not”,” Rahul Gandhi said.