Students said Swachh Bharath is working to Rahul Gandhi!

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s enthusiasm for empowerment of women and a culture of open dialogue in a democracy got a thumbs-up from second and third-year students at an all-women’s college in Bengaluru Wednesday, but his pessimistic view of the central government’s Swachh Bharat and Make in India campaigns received a blowback.

Talking to students at Mount Carmel College, Rahul said, “Even though the BJP has come to power, I don’t see a strategy. I see a lot of talk. I see a lot of talk on clean your country. Are we serious? Clean your country, is it working? I don’t see it working. You see it working?” To his visible surprise, a majority of students enthusiastically said “yes”.

 When he asked if Make in India was working, many students said yes, too. They were, however, more effusive in their agreement with Rahul when he said not many jobs had been created.

Rahul also made a reference to the “intolerance” debate and added that he supported actor Aamir Khan.

“To me, the biggest strength of this country is live and let live. We have thousands of communities, millions of people, different castes, different religions, different languages. The only way to continue living peacefully is if all of us have a dialogue, if all of us keep the conversation going and none of us is under the mistaken belief that we have all the answers for India,” he said.

Taking on the central government, he said, “If you look at our political system today, very few people have decision-making powers. In the central government today, and I say it with certainty, there is only one man who takes every single decision. It can’t possibly be that one man has all the answers. I am for dialogues, for discussion, for opening of ideas to people.”

Taking on the central government, he said, “If you look at our political system today, very few people have decision-making powers. In the central government today, and I say it with certainty, there is only one man who takes every single decision. It can’t possibly be that one man has all the answers. I am for dialogues, for discussion, for opening of ideas to people.”

“No matter how smart you are, how intelligent you are, you live in a society and you are only going to be successful if you listen to people around you, work with the people around you, appreciate people around you and carry people around you,” he added. The Congress leader said his party is keen to have a discussion on GST and other important bills in Parliament in the winter session if the ruling BJP is willing to engage in discussions.

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