Congress party president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the UAE enters Day 2. The main public event was held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Gandhi talked about ‘The Idea of India’ in the context of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi in front of a packed audience of about 50,000 people.
Starting his speech thanking the leaders of the UAE, especially President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Rahul Gandhi conveyed his love and admiration for the UAE.
Rahul Gandhi made a passionate plea for all the expatriate Indians to unite in fight against the growing intolerance back home in India. “In the UAE we are celebrating the Year of Tolerance, while back home in India, there has been four-and-a-half years of intolerance,” he said without naming the ruling party.
“Today in India, my beloved country is being divided. I want NRIs to hear this. It is being divided for political benefit. Divided on religion. The poor and rich are being divided.”
“The first task we have to do. Every single Indian is responsible all over the world. We have to bring India together again. We have to be one again. India cannot be divided.. We are fighting one another, abusing one another. Doesn’t make sense.”
“Till the day I die my doors, ears and heart are open for you. You will always have space. Some want a Congress Mukt Bharat. I don’t want a BJP Mukt Bharat. I call for a united India. Not a divided country. Tolerance, brotherhood and multiple religions. That’s India. Non-violence is embedded in the DNA of India. Mahatma Gandhi picked up the idea of non-violence from all religions. Violence doesn’t help achieve anything.”
“My doors are open for you. Tell me how I can help. I am at your service. We are facing an electoral battle in 2019. We will win that battle and bring everyone together and move forward.”
“My brothers and sisters from Andhra Pradesh. We will win and I will grant Andhra Pradesh special status.”
Thousands of UAE expatriates were seen milling into the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to hear the speech by Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul also took to twitter to thank the people of UAE and the Kerala Unit of the Congress party and all the volunteers.
I want to thank all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make all the programs in Dubai yesterday a huge success, particularly the spectacular rally at the sports stadium last night! A special call out to the Kerala Unit of the Congress party & all the volunteers 🙏 pic.twitter.com/uXSzVRJnML
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 12, 2019