Tuesday, October 4, 2022

India facing highest unemployment rate in 45 years: Rahul Gandhi

India is facing the highest unemployment rate in the last 45 years and it was the duty of the Congress party to strengthen the future of the youth and bring positivity to the minds of youngsters in the country, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Friday.
Gandhi, who has embarked on the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra,’ reached Neendakara in Kollam district today, the ninth day since he began his foot march on September 7.
In a Facebook post, Gandhi said he had been meeting many youngsters during the march and was understanding their expectations from the government. If the country could make use of the youth power, the nation could grow very fast, he said.
“But today the country has the highest unemployment in the last 45 years, educated youngsters are wandering in search of employment and disappointed. It is our duty and also the need of the time today to strengthen the future of our youth, bring positivity to them.”
After the conclusion of the morning leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Gandhi has been engaged in discussions with cashew workers, entrepreneurs, trade unions and leaders of RSP and Forward Block, both allies of the Congress party.
“I am meeting with many youngsters during our Bharat Jodo trip, understanding their expectations from the government, what kind of help they want from us to make their future bright and how many more possibilities can we create for them,” he said. Gandhi also noted that the purpose of the Yatra was to lend an ear to children, old, young, women, poor, farmers and tribals and to resolve their problems. “We are also succeeding, the youth are openly talking to us, walking together. I hope we all will unite our India and make it forward,” he added. The evening leg of the yatra will begin at 5 PM from Chavara bus stand and conclude at Karunagapally where the Bharat Jodo Yatra members will halt for the night.
The 3,570 kilometres-long foot march started off from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7 and will conclude in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which entered Kerala on September 10 evening, would traverse through the state covering 450 km, touching seven districts over a period of 19 days before entering Karnataka on October 1.

3 Cong workers suspended for threatening vegetable vendor over donation

Kollam (Ker), Sep 16 (PTI): As the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi resumed here on Friday, a group of Congress activists threatening a local vegetable vendor over donation in the name of the footmarch has brought embarrassment to the party, following which three workers were suspended with immediate effect. The action came in the wake of a video in which the activists are seen purportedly threatening the vendor and creating a ruckus at the shop went viral on social media platforms.
KPCC chief K Sudhakaran said the three party workers, involved in an “unacceptable incident”, have been suspended with immediate effect.“They do not represent our ideology and such behaviour is inexcusable. The party is crowdfunding small donations voluntarily unlike others who get corporate donations,” he tweeted.
Sharing the tweet, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh said the KPCC has been doing crowdfunding for years. “Their politics runs on small donations at the grassroots. But this should not have happened. These three were clearly fringe elements and exemplary action has been taken immediately by the PCC President,” he said in a tweet.
Admitting that the incident has taken the sheen off the Yatra, which has been progressing well with the support of people from all walks of life, Kollam District Congress Committee President (DCC) P Rajendra Prasad said the party would not tolerate such practices.
“The trio were activists of the Mandalam Congress committee here. As their act brought embarrassment to the party and the leadership, we have acted swiftly with the consent of the AICC and the KPCC and suspended them immediately,” he told PTI.
The mandalam committee, to which they belonged, was also dissolved, the leader added.
Accompanied by hundreds of party workers and senior party leaders, Rahul Gandhi on Friday resumed the Yatra, a 150-day-long footmarch, after a day’s rest from Polayathodu in Kollam district.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly V D Satheesan, AICC general secretary in charge of Organisation, K C Venugopal, senior Congress leaders Ramesh Chennithala, K Muraleedharan and RSP leader N K Premachandran among others were seen walking besides Gandhi.