March 19, 2018

'Out through the door', says Rahul Gandhi on demonetisation

13 March 2018, 01:38 | Devin Moran

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Rahul went on to say that his family "knew" that his father and grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, were "going to die" by virtue of being in politics and trying to bring about change. The Modi government had faced enormous criticism saying that the move has led to an economic slowdown.

Gandhi was speaking in Malaysia, while on the second leg of his five-day Southeast Asian tour during which he has attacked the Narendra Modi government on a number of occasions.

The Gandhi scion on Saturday took everyone by surprise with his reply when he was asked how he would have rolled out demonetisation had he been in the government.

The demonetisation initiative was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016, announcing the invalidation of high-value currency notes currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

In reply to another question as to how he would deal with the issue of women empowerment under his leadership, Rahul said, 'I actually treat women better than men. I don't think that's a privilege. To remove that bias, giving equality to women is not good enough.

Earlier in the day, Rahul addressed a gathering of young professionals at IYCON in Kuala Lumpur.

After Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party president, Congress's rival and country's ruling party BJP has been criticising Congress for being a party of "one family". "Those are not visible but they can hurt you", he added.

Gandhi's trip is part of the Congress party's efforts to connect with the diaspora. He further stated that he would have thrown it in the dustbin if he was the prime minister.

The trip is being organised by the AICC Overseas cell headed by technocrat Sam Pitroda, who helped former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi lead the IT revolution in India.

Later in the year, the Congress president is also expected to travel to Dubai and Canada.

The visit by the Congress president to Singapore and Malaysia is being seen as efforts to increase his outreach to the NRI community, after the success of his recent visits to the United States and Bahrain.

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