'I Know That Violence Does Not Work, Only Love Can Destroy Hate,' Rahul Gandhi Says At JLN Stadium

| February 23 , 2019 , 17:50 IST

Discussing the Pulwama terror attack during an interaction with students at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday Congress president Rahul Gandhi said violence was not a solution and could never “right a wrong”.

He also spoke about losing his grandmother and father to violence, "I could associate with a martyr’s son as I had gone through the same pain, I lost two family members to violence and I know that violence does not work, Only love can destroy hate.”

Referring to the hug he gave to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament, the Congress chief said even when people were speaking against his family, he only showed love. “When I hugged PM Modi in Parliament, I could feel that he was shocked... he could not understand what happened... I felt he had lack of love in his life,” Gandhi said.

Rahul also alleged that the country's wealth is "concentrated" in the hands of "a few people" and asserted that the state must pay for a large part of the education of students.

Wealth is "concentrated" in the hands of "a few people", he said and asserted that the state must pay for a "large part of education" of students.

He said this during an interaction - Shiksha: Dasha Aur Disha — with university students at the JLN Stadium here.

The Congress chief also claimed that the Modi government does not want to accept that there was a "job crisis" in the country.

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China is growing economically, and one sees 'Made in China' labels on so many products in the country, Gandhi said, adding that he was "absolutely convinced" that India could go ahead of China.

"In a county of over 1.2 billion people, and India is creating about 450 jobs per 24 hours while China is creating 50,000 jobs in the same 24 hours," he said, claiming, "these are not my figures, but of the Finance Ministry given in Lok Sabha".

Gandhi said he has already challenged Prime Minister Modi to debate with him on Rafale, corruption, job and other issues.

"But has he come and interacted with you (students) like this, taking questions from you," the Congress president asked the students.

The prime minister should interact with the youth and listen to their views on the job scenario and "say that he needs your support to address this issue," Gandhi said.

He said that "the prime minister should not be telling his views to the youth, but listen to their voices".

Delhi Congress chief and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit was also present on the occasion.

A two-minute silence was also observed in honour of the CRPF jawans died in the deadly Pulwama attack on February 14 and a musical tribute was given to them.