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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre while addressing the Indian diaspora during a visit to Dubai. He said he wants to listen to their problems instead of telling his “Mann Ki Baat”.
The Congress chief said his party was aware of the difficulties faced by the laborers and wants to help them. “I realize you face several hardships. You work all day, send money to your family back home. We want to talk to you,” Rahul said.
“Main yahan apne mann ki baat kahne nahi aaya hun... main yahan aapke mann ki baat sunane aaya hun,” he said in his address at the Jabel Ali labor colony. He was referring to Prime Minister Modi's monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat' where he addresses the nation on various issues.
He praised the UAE for declaring 2019 as the ''Year of Tolerance'', saying India, on the other hand, has been witnessing four-and-a-half years of "intolerance".
"At here (in the UAE), it is the ''Year of Tolerance'', but back home (in India), I'm sad to say we have been witnessing intolerance for the last four-and-a-half years," Gandhi said in a veiled attack on the BJP rule at the Centre.
Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Gandhi, who is in Dubai on a maiden visit, said he met Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and was impressed by his humility.
He said the Indian workers in the UAE have given their sweat, blood and time for the development of this city and have made Indians of all backgrounds proud.
"Single biggest problem that we face in India today is unemployment. We need to take this head-on. We need to show the rest of the world that not only we can beat unemployment but we can also challenge China.
"When I drive through the UAE, I see your energy, blood, and sweat. You have helped build this nation, and I feel proud that you have played your part with dignity, togetherness, and tolerance," the Congress president said.