Having wound up his engagements and activities on Germany, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has embarked on the second leg of his ongoing Europe visit by heading to the United Kingdom.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi has announced his schedule for Friday, which will see him partaking in interactions at the Institute of Strategic Studies which is a London-based research institute and think-tank, the UK Parliament and at the prestigious London School of Economics.
He has said he will also meet members of the Opposition Labour Party's Shadow cabinet and business leaders:
Here's where the address at the International Institute of Strategic Studies will be broadcast:
The Congress president was in Berlin on Thursday, and while addressing an event, took off where he had left off in controversial interaction in Hamburg a day earlier by attacking the BJP and RSS.
Attacks RSS; adds 'political task' to earlier assessment of Women's safety being a 'cultural issue'
He took on the RSS, saying 'As per RSS philosophy, in their organisation, women aren't allowed to enter. They're considered second class citizens.' He contrasted this with the Congress, saying, 'our organisation (the Congress) doesn't discriminate between men and women.' He continued in the same vein as in Hamburg when he had called the issue of safety of women in India a 'cultural issue', this time adding, 'there is a need to change the mindset in India. This is a political task but also a social responsibility.'
He also pushed ahead with his 'hate politics attacks', taking on the Prime Minister, and asking 'what travelled more, my hug showing affection or everything he said about me?'
Rahul Gandhi also picked up the issue of Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, promising that if the Congress comes to power in 2019, the status will be granted. He alleged that the Centre had a bias towards BJP ruled states and offered differential treatment to them. He also laid blame for the disruptions in Parliament on the ruling party.
Continues attack over Job creation
On the topic of employment and job creation, which he called India's biggest challenge, he took a dig at the Prime Minister, saying 'many of our youth can make Pakodas, but India's employment problem will not be resolved by making pakodas.' He hit out at the Make In India campaign, combining it with the Congress' ongoing attack regarding the Rafael deal, and alleging, 'Benefit of Make In India came to select businessmen.'
In Hamburg on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi had made a number of highly-discussed remarks, including appearing to justify the creation of ISIS and suggesting that it could happen in India too if the youth remained unemployed or weren't presented with a vision, and also, when asked about India's role in the geopolitical state, by presenting a rather underwhelming vision himself by placing India as an 'honest broker' (the words of an American journalist at the event who asked Rahul Gandhi a follow-up) between the US, and China which he said would shape the globe.