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Rahul Gandhi charges BJP with polarising Indian society in Singapore

Charging the BJP of polarising Indian society, Congress president Rahul gandhi on Thursday said that such as policy spelled danger for peace and tranquility in Indian society .

Addressing Indian-origin CEOs of companies and enterpreneurs here, Gandhi said,’We see society as a system that has to be kept in balance. The BJP on the other hand is less concerned about peace and tranquility. We see very serious dangers of polarising society and risks arising from them.’

Presenting a vision of the Congress party that was in line with the Indian values, Rahul said ,”we faced a storm in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014 the system was destabilised and we saw the consequences. We have a clean slate now, and a new opportunity. We will present you with a new Congress Party that envisions the values you were born with.”

During his discussion with Indian-origin CEOs and entrepreneurs, Rahul discussed a range of issues including jobs, investments, and the prevalent economic conditions.

Speaking about the various challenges faced in India, he said,’we are seeing the biggest migration of rural people in India. We have challenges. Broadly our view is we want a peaceful transition, a transition that carries everybody together.’

The Congress leader also paid tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the historic INA memorial in Singapore.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Mr Gandhi met with the members of Kamala Club at the Singapore Indian Association which created as an amalgamation of Lotus Club and Ladies Union on the suggestion of former Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru. Kamala Club works on issues of women’s rights and empowerment.

The Singapore Indian Association located at Balestier Road was established in 1923 and foundation stone of the Association’s clubhouse was laid down by Pt Nehru in 1950.

Gandhi along with technocrat NRI Sam Pitroda and Congress leader Milind Deora met with CEO Ho Ching and the board of Temasek in Singapore and discussed a plethora of issues including quantum computing, robotics, AI, Chinese manufacturing, and big data.

Later in the day, Gandhi will address the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

‘Over the next three days, I look forward to meeting the Indian community, business leaders and members of the Indian Overseas Congress in Singapore and Malaysia. Also on my schedule are meetings with the Singapore PM, Lee Hsien Loong and the Malaysian PM, Najib Razak,’ he had written on his micro-blogging site Twitter.

He will be in Singapore on March 8 and 9 and then proceed to Malaysia on March 10.

The visit by Rahul to Singapore and Malaysia is being seen as efforts to increase his outreach to the NRI community, after the success of his recent visits to the US and Bahrain.

UPA chairperson and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi is holding fort in his absence.

The visit comes close after his recent visit to Italy , ahead of Holi, to give his “93-year-old Nani a surprise hug.”

The Congress chief’s visit to Italy, however, got flak for him as it came in the wake of a major setback to the party in the northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

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Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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