NEW DELHI: Stepping up attack on PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi has launched an online platform to criticise government policies related to job creation, farm distress, security and foreign affairs.
According to sources, the platform titled “ConversationswithRahulGandhi” features small video clips in which the Congress leader picks holes in the centre’s policies and then suggests solutions to tackle the problem.
In the first episode on jobs, a clean shaven Rahul (usually sporting a stubble) is seen talking about the army of the unemployed that is growing by 1 million youth every month. In the second, he details about the unemployment scenario in the country and suggests ways to deal with the problem.
“As many as 30,000 youth go out to seek work every day but only 450 out of them get work. This situation is leading to anger among the youth. You can see that anger on the farms, in factories. It is dangerous for India,” Rahul says in the video. “The central issue is jobs but this government lacks focus,” he says.
The videos have been prepared both in English and Hindi language to spread the message both among the urban and the rural voters, said party strategists adding that more on other issues would follow.
The initiative, said party insiders, is to capitalise on the increasing concern over a sliding economy and lack of jobs even among the ruling dispensation. The idea for video messages is not new as Rahul had made an online appeal to the UP voters also. The latest push has come from the positive response to his interactions during the recent US visit, said the sources.
Recently, Rahul had appreciated PM Modi’s “Make in India” initiative but pointed out that it should be targeted at the small and medium rather than big corporate enterprises for job creation. He has also urged PM Modi to restructure the GST saying the new tax system was cumbersome and hurting the small traders.