Whether I become PM or not is immaterial: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress leader was interacting with tribal youth at an engineering college in Shirpur, as he began his two-day Maharashtra tour.

Shirpur/maharashtra | Published:March 5, 2014 2:20 pm

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said whether he becomes the Prime Minister or not is immaterial but what matters is that all Indians, including women and youth, feel it is their country.

The Congress leader was interacting with tribal youth at an engineering college in Shirpur, as he began his two-day Maharashtra tour.

Responding to best wishes from a youth for becoming the Prime Minister, Rahul said, “My becoming or not becoming PM does not matter. What is most important is that everyone here, specially women and youth in country feel that this is their own country.”

Asking youth to enter mainstream politics, the Congress leader said there should not be even one youth who says he is afraid in his own country.

“I want to see MLAs, MLCs and MPs from amongst you in the next 10 years, maybe even a Prime Minister also,” he said.

Comparing Mahatma Gandhi and Hitler, Rahul said the German dictator shouted as he lacked confidence. But did Gandhiji ever shout? That was because he was confident.”

“Like Mahatma Gandhi, humbleness while speaking is a sign of extreme self-confidence. Confidence should not be seen as aggression,” he said.

“There is no need for saying things aggressively. You can say it with love. Many people will be with you,” he said.

“If anyone, be it Rahul Gandhi or Prithviraj Chavan, says he knows better than you, he is telling a lie,” he said.

“My request to you, specially tribal youth, is to join mainstream politics,” Rahul said.

“My message to the country’s youth is that the talent and capability the youth here have is not there anywhere else,” the Congress leader said.

On the progress the country has made since Independence, Rahul pointed out that today there were several rich people in India.

“Around 50 to 70 years ago there was not even a single rich person here. The only rich were maharajas and British,” he said.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. D
    Deepak Batra
    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:02 am
    People believe in congress. Rahul hi has not only strengthened Indian National Congress but he has also worked strategically on real causes and social issues of its people.
    Reply
  2. D
    Deepak Batra
    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:03 am
    Rahul can be very handy in the future. He is very positive politician.He is an educated and a charismatic leader. He knows the in's and out's of politics as he has grown up watching his family into actions.
    Reply
  3. A
    Aman Mehra
    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:08 am
    When we talk about the youth icon of the country, the only face comes in my mind is Rahul hi.At current, Rahul hi is leading from the front, he looks responsible.Also, he has shown potential, in mainstream politics, he is way ahead than other politicians.
    Reply
  4. A
    Abhinav Sharma
    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
    Rahul will do wonders ahead because he is talented and knows politics. For Rahul hi, what matters is that all Indians, including women and youth, feel it is their country.Good thoughts. Rahul has vision. He is a generous man, a visionary politician.
    Reply
  5. A
    Abhinav Sharma
    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:12 am
    Rahul's two day visit to Maharashtra showed that how much dedicated and responsible he is. The way Rahul hi works is really different, he has a positive approach. Rahul hi's interaction with tribal youth at an engineering college helped him to know the problems of youth. He works step by step.
    Reply
  6. Load More Comments