Senior Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi reached Kerala on Monday to take part in the high-octane Assembly election campaigns across the state. After his arrival, he interacted with students at the St Theresa’s College in Kochi, following which he attended election campaigns in Vyppin, Kochi, and Tripunithura. In his speeches, the Gandhi family scion reiterated the UDF plan to revitalise the failing economy through their various policies.
“The only way to vitalise the economy is by giving money to the people. However, the various state and Centre government are taking money away from the people. The Congress’ Nyaay scheme aims to bring money to the people and thereby energise the economy. It is not just a welfare scheme,” said Rahul, adding that it is a “commons sense economics”. When the money reaches the common people, they will want to spend it on basic commodities and other stuff. Thus, the money will now reach the commercial space and increase demand. With increased demand, the production rate increase, and thereby vitalising the industries and boosting employment, explains Rahul.
Moreover, Rahul also addressed the various allegations against the LDF government in Kerala. He asked what would have been the state of the fisherfolk if the opposition hadn’t brought out the deals made by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government with EMCC India for deep-sea fishing. Addressing a large crowd, Rahul questioned the intentions of the government while making the deal with the US-based company for the manufacturing of around 400 trawlers for deep-sea fishing, which would have severely affected the livelihood of the coastal communities.
Another issue that Rahul targeted was the unemployment situation in the state. “I was shocked to learn that eligible and capable youngsters were being sidelined to provide jobs for people from the ruling party’s organisations,” he said, adding that jobs can only be created if people are brought together. “People need to know that they are fighting for a singular cause. You cannot have jobs without progress and progress with a divided, angry society. You cannot beat and kill people, and expect progress.”
He added that the situation of unemployment is prevalent mainly due to the failure of the LDF government to generate jobs. “If the state cannot provide jobs to its people, then there is no future for the people. While Kerala has lakhs of youngsters, are you comfortable with getting a job in the ‘future’?” he asked while attending public events across Ernakulam.