Rahul admits UPA government failed on jobs, praises 'Make in India' policy

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Gujarat as part of his election campaign

On Tuesday, September 19, Gandhi interacted with a few students on the Princeton University in NY and discussed an array of topics such as India-US relations, Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, the hits and misses of the Congress government, and India and China's position in the world. On Wednesday, former Union Minister Salman Khurshid said Rahul's ascension would give an "adrenaline shot" to the Congress.

"India has historically maintained balance.it has had a relationship with the United States, with China, with Russian Federation, with Iran".

He said a key reason for Modi leading the BJP to victory in the 2014 general elections was UPA government's performance on jobs. "There are spaces where we would agree with them", he said while pointing out how the economic policies of both the Congress and BJP are nearly identical.

A large part of India's population that is unemployed, Rahul further charged, is feeling the pain. "That leaders of India can only come from family lineage and nothing else", Jaitley said, targeting Gandhi.

Rahul also spoke on the problem of gender equality. Despite its victory, Rahul believes Modi and the BJP haven't understood how important it is to keep the promise to create jobs.

"So, to me, the central challenge in India is politics of polarisation where you pit one community against other and you create spaces for other people to come in", Gandhi said.

"Currently, we are not producing enough jobs".

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"There are two large migrations taking place - one is completely free and the other is centrally controlled". He said the two countries were transforming from agricultural nations to urban, modern models, and how they interact would "fundamentally reshape the world", PTI reported. "We have to basically compete with China", he said, adding "frankly India is not doing that well". "Jobs are India's biggest challenge".

"There are a number of States in India which don't want a single vision forced down their throats".

"The scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family underscored the need for a balance (of relationship) in terms of all the other countries". In the 21st century, if you leave people out of this vision, you are asking for trouble.

There is a belt of 100 million tribal people who do not feel comfortable with the vision (of the BJP), he said. The central question is resolving that problem. And if we alienate our own people, that creates space for people to do mischief.

When asked what he thought was the central challenge facing the country, Gandhi said it was the lack of jobs.

He added that India needs to work on providing adequate education and health facilities to all its people, irrespective of whether they are rich or poor.

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