Congress govt to take tough line on Pakistan, says Rahul Gandhi

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DUBAI: Rahul Gandhi, India’s opposition leader and scion of the political Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, on Saturday said that the Congress government at the Centre woudl adopt a tough line on Pakistan.

The Gandhi scion made these remarks at an interaction with the press in UAE capital Dubai.

Asked about overtures made by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, he also spelled out his view on ties with the country. “I’m all for having a peaceful relationship with Pakistan, but I will not tolerate violence being carried out against innocent Indians,” he said, according to NDTV.

Gandhi said that a Congress government at the Centre will adopt a tough line on the neighbouring state. “You cannot carry out acts of terror in India and expect India to talk kindly to you,” he said.

Mr Gandhi claimed that PM Modi was weakening India by “strangling” its institutions.

“The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh thinks that the people’s voice is irrelevant. There is a massive response from bureaucrats and institutions who say we are not going to accept this, and this will be one of the main reasons for our victory in the 2019 elections,” he said.

The priority of the moment, according to the Congress president, is to replace a central government that’s failing on all fronts. “We will start doing what the Congress party has successfully done — put India on the path to economic progress.

At present, there is massive unemployment in the country and Modiji’s irresponsible and rash decision to impose demonetisation on the people did not help. He was directly responsible for the decimation of informal sector.”