During his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Rahul Gandhi was in Jalpaiguri. A group of four people met him. eNewsroom interacts here with two of them.
Rahul Gandhi listens to the common man, and when we talked to him, we did not feel threatened or nervous as one feels talking to big leaders. He makes you comfortable, said the two speakers.
Earlier, Gandhi did a three-kilometer yatra in Jalpaiguri and met locals. Other Congress leaders, including Adhir Ranjan Choudhury, Jairam Ramesh, Youth Congress National President Srinivas BV, and Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav, also took part in it.
Gandhi praised the intelligentsia of Bengal and urged the people of Bengal to lead the country. “It is your responsibility to show the path to the country. It was done by Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose, and Vivekananda. If you do not show the path to the country, the country will not forgive you. You have to fight against hatred. With your intellectual power, you have to connect India.”
No two kind of martyrs
In his 20-minute-long speech, Gandhi again attacked the Agniveer Scheme, stating that under the scheme, the government says, “You come to the Army, spend 4 years, and we will return 75 percent of them.” He criticized the scheme, saying that martyrs under the Agniveer scheme do not receive the same benefits as other Army cadres.
He also mentioned, “1.5 lakh youth were promised jobs before the Agniveer scheme. The government said they would get jobs after Covid. They have been kept waiting for three years and then told that neither can they get admitted to the Army nor under the Agniveer scheme. This kind of injustice is happening in the country. I want to raise such issues.”