Rahul compares Saudi and India, pays for it on Twitter
The context could be justified but the comparison was jarring: Twitter started buzzing on Thursday after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi compared India to Saudi Arabia.
Gandhi made the comparison while speaking to students at the Panjab University in Chandigarh but there was a context to it. He said oil was important earlier but it's human resource which matters now. Saudi Arabia had prospered because of oil but India could use its human resource to become rich. "India is the Saudi Arabia of 21st century and youth is responsible for it," he said.
Twitter users reacted angrily to the comparison, rejecting the context of Gandhi's statement. Hastags #RahulGandhi and #yorahulsodumb soon started trending. This is just a sample what was being said:
The Congress general secretary blamed Punjab's Akali-BJP government for the state's drug problem and "misleading" farmers on the decision to foreign direct investment in retail. "Out of every ten youth in Punjab seven are into drugs", he said.
This statement too was attacked on Twitter.
The Congress leader used his interaction with students to support the UPA government's decision to allow FDI in retail.
"Famers are being misled by the opposition on FDI issue, and it's time that they get educated about their rights and things which will yield them benefit.
"Every time we (Congress) plan to work for the benefit of the nation--may that be land acquisition bill, FDI or anything else--the opposition without even realising or understanding the benefits oppose it. Politics should not be for one's own benefit--the interest of the nation should be kept in mind," he said.
"FDI is for the benefit of the farmers. The Congress wants FDI to happen so that a farmer gets full due for his crop. It is the youth which can assert and allow FDI in India".
Gandhi's speech was part of his two-day visit to Punjab during which he interacted with Congress party cadres.
Chaos erupted in Bengaluru after a supporter of Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed poured kerosene over himself and attempted self-immolation, news agency ANI reported. The self-immolation bid was carried out in protest against the raids by Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau at five locations belonging to the Congresss MLA following a report of the Enforcement Directorate on alleged disproportionate assets.
Karnataka Government on Monday suspended IAS officer J Manjunath, former DC of Bengaluru Urban, after Manjunath was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau in a bribery case. Manjunath was arrested by the ACB, four days after he was transferred from the post of Bengaluru urban district deputy commissioner. IPS officer Amrit Paul was also suspended after being arrested by CID for his alleged role in the PSI recruitment scam case.
Following the arrest of IPS officer Amrit Paul for his alleged role in the police sub-inspectors recruitment scam, the Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah on Tuesday demanded the resignation of state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. Paul was arrested by Crime Investigation Department for his alleged role in the PSI recruitment scam case on Monday. Karnataka Government on Monday also suspended Paul following his arrest.
A cab driver in Chennai was arrested on Tuesday for beating a 34-year-old man to death over the number of passengers entering the cab and the one-time password (OTP) required before starting a trip. They had booked a cab after they came out of a mall in Navalur after watching a movie on Sunday around 3:30 pm. Onlookers apprehended the cab driver until the police arrived. The cab driver hails from Salem district.
A man was seen thrashing a cop inside a police station premises in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri. According to news agency ANI, the man had been called by the police over a domestic violence complaint when he lost his temper and began delivering blows to the cop. An official told ANI that the family cited his ill mental health as the reason behind his violent behaviour. The man has been booked and detained, the official added.