UP polls: Rahul Gandhi decries observations on students stuck in Ukraine

Updated on Mar 04, 2022 11:52 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi referred to the videos of students stuck in Ukraine being circulated on the social media and asked was it not the responsibility of the BJP government to save them

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a rally for the UP polls in the Pindra assembly constituency of Varanasi district on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a rally for the UP polls in the Pindra assembly constituency of Varanasi district on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
By, Lucknow

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “irresponsible” observations of BJP leaders on students stuck in Ukraine.

Besides, Rahul Gandhi targeted the BJP, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP alike. He called the BSP the ‘B’ team of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

He was addressing a public meeting in Pindra assembly constituency in Varanasi district, about 285 km south east off Lucknow.

Rahul Gandhi referred to the videos of students stuck in Ukraine being circulated on the social media and asked was it not the responsibility of the BJP government to save them.

“There is a war in Ukraine. Thousands of students from India study there. Our youths are stuck there amid bombing. These youths are sending videos of appeals to save them. The Prime Minister’s men say these people (students) went to Ukraine because they did not get admission to medical colleges in India. They (students) failed here and so went there (to Ukraine). Are these not the students from India? Are they not ours? Is it not your (government’s) responsibility to bring them back?” Rahul Gandhi asked.

Though he did not name any BJP minister or leader, it was apparently a reference to a Union minister who has been quoted as saying that a majority of medical students studying abroad failed to get admission in India.

Rahul Gandhi began his address by referring to the ongoing campaign for the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh assembly election. Varanasi votes in the last phase on March 7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

He said all the political parties — the BJP, the SP, the BSP and the Congress — were going to the people telling them how to take Uttar Pradesh ahead. He then targeted the PM, saying “I remember PM used to talk about giving jobs. His second promise was to double the income of farmers while the third and most beautiful promise was to bring back money and deposit 15 lakh in the bank accounts of every individual. Why does he (PM) not talk about these promises now,” he said.

As Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in her address, had spoken about how votes were being sought in the name of religion in the polls, Rahul said the Hindu religion was all about truth.

He also said they (BJP) don’t ask you to vote in the name of Hindu religion or any other religion.

“They take your votes by telling lies…I want to tell my sister that votes are being taken by telling lies. I will die but will never promise 15 lakh in the bank accounts,” he said.

Some people from the audience reminded Rahul about the promise of making air travel cheaper.

He then said the Congress government in Chhattisgarh promised to buy paddy for 2500 per quintal and also waive farm loans.

“You can go to Chhattisgarh and check whether this has been implemented,” he said.

Besides, the senior Congress leader referred to the BJP government’s handling of the Covid-19 situation in the country.

Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks, Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Avnish Tyagi said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and government of India are making serious efforts to bring all the students back. The Prime Minister is closely monitoring the situation.”

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    Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decade experience. He covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all assembly and parliament elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.

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