Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited Meghalaya on Tuesday, a week before the state goes to polls. While addressing a rally at a Jan Sampark programme in Tura district, Gandhi said, “As the Modi Govt nears the end of its tenure, it is clear that instead of giving hope, security and economic growth, they have given us only hopelessness, unemployment, fear, hatred, and violence.” He is on a two-day visit to the state.
Highlighting Congress’ ‘contribution’ in the emergence of Meghalaya in terms of literacy, the Congress president said, “Under the Congress Govt, we have seen the emergence of Meghalaya as the most literate state of India with the highest rate of female enrollment in primary schools in the entire country.”
This is Gandhi’s second visit to the state. On his earlier visit, Gandhi had kicked off the party’s campaign in the state with a concert called “Celebration for Peace.” Without naming BJP, Rahul Gandhi asked the people to stay alert against “spread of hatred”. “When we fight with each other, when we spread hatred, we are not only weakening our country, but we are disrespecting our people, our past, our future.” “We will defend your culture, your way of thinking. Be proud of your heritage, of your culture, of your language, your religion. We are all proud of you,” he added. He also met religious heads and heads of various traditional institutions in the state during his visit.
Meghalaya has 18.3 lakh voters of which 42,843 are new voters for the February 27 assembly elections. The results will be announced on March 3.
Rahul Gandhi in Meghalaya HIGHLIGHTS: