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.
To ensure that infrastructure at government schools in Chandigarh is upgraded before their reopening after the summer break, UT secretary, education, Purva Garg, along with director school education Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar, UT chief engineer CB Ojha and other officials, visited five schools on Thursday.
Appearing before the Punjab and Haryana high court with regard to status of different infrastructure projects related to the Chandigarh International Airport, the UT administration on Thursday informed the court that a shorter route to the airport was in the works. In March, HC had sought fresh progress reports from UT on the airport-related projects. The directions came on a 2015 public interest litigation by Mohali Industries Association, alleging lack of facilities at the airport.
Former cricketer and actor Gulzar Inder Singh Chahal, 39, was unanimously elected as the new president of the Punjab Cricket Association on Thursday. Gulzar has succeeded noted industrialist Rajinder Gupta, who had resigned in April after his tenure got over. Four more office-bearers, including vice-president Gagan Khanna, secretary Dilsher Khanna, joint secretary Surjit Rai and treasurer Rakesh Walia, were also elected at PCA's annual general meeting at its stadium in Phase 9, Mohali.
Further interrogation of gangster Lakhbir Singh's five associates, who were arrested on Wednesday, has revealed that the AK-47 magazine recovered from them is of the rifle recovered from Nishan Singh, arrested earlier in May for giving logistics support for the RPG attack at Punjab Police's intelligence headquarters in Mohali. According to police, his associate, Nishan and Lovejeet Singh, alias Love, 20 knew each other and worked for a close associate of Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda, Landa, who operates from Pakistan.
In the past one year, Panchkula has witnessed over 68 protests. What remained the common factor among them was the protest site -- the Housing Board chowk. Instead of using the designated dharna ground, the protesters chose the chowk – the main connecting point between Chandigarh and Panchkula – leaving hundreds of commuters a harried lot. Water cannons were used at least eight times on the protesters near the Housing Board chowk.