“If you give us that much importance, then let us run the place. We will show you how to fix it”


Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked the Centre’s Narendra Modi government’s resign and let him run the government since it blamed the opposition for all its failures. Answering a question on the problem of bank NPAs at the Hindustan Times Summit, Rahul slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not not engaging citizens in governance.

Rahul Gandhi

When asked that the problem of NPAs was not new and most of the bad loans were given during the UPA rule, Rahul shot back, “Mr Modi thinks that every single thing originated because of the Congress party over the last 70 years. The fact of the matter is that we have Rs 12 lakh crore NPAs today. And we had Rs 2 lakh crore NPAs during the Congress time. Please explain why in four years we’ve gone from Rs 2 to Rs 12 lakh crore.

“You can’t keep blaming the Congress even when you are in power. They are in government. Please explain why India has the highest unemployment in 20 years..You can’t keep saying that these are policies of the Congress party. I mean if you give us that much importance, then let us run the place. We will show you how to fix it.”

Rahul Gandhi also took a potshot at the prime minister for running the country with just a handful of people and not encouraging conversations with the key stakeholders. He said, “The people in charge are convinced that they have a monopoly on knowledge. They are convinced that they are the only ones who understand. That no one in this country understands anything about India or the dreams of its people except them. What is a country if there isn’t a conversation.”

Rahul Gandhi also renewed his attack on the Modi government on demonetisation and GST move that broke the backbone of traders. He said, “This dispensation believes knowledge lies with them, understanding lies with them alone. They don’t believe that they need to have a conversation.

“There needs to be a conversation that provides the vision going forward. And that is exactly what is missing.”

Regarding his failed attempts at holding a dialogue with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the issue of Kashmir, the Congress president said, “Many a times I have attempted conversation, but have been snubbed. Once Jaitley came to see me and I started a conversation on Kashmir, this was before the violence started up. I said we have a serious problem coming up in the Valley and his answer was ‘No, there isn’t’.”

“It was pretty clear that politics which was taking place, the alliance between the PDP and BJP was going to set the field on fire. But no one was ready to listen, and the damage since has been tremendous,” he said.

“If that conversation had taken place, we would have got a better GST,” said Gandhi adding that nobody was happy with the new tax regime and it was killing both the industry and economy.

He also said that Aadhaar under the UPA was a means to simplify people’s life as against the unique identification scheme under the Modi regime which has been turned into a sort of “surveillance” tool.

“The difference between them (the Bharatiya Janata Party) and us is that we trust people, we believe knowledge lies with eveyone,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Rahul also wondered why his visits to religious places “infuriated” the BJP.

“My temple visits have nothing to do with Hindutva. I can’t understand why I can’t go to a temple or a church or a gurudwara. BJP thinks only they can go to temples.

“They have a sense of monopoly in everything they deal with, monopoly on all institutions, on who goes to temples — that is their nature,” he added.


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