Congress practised politics of hate, communalism longest: BJP

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"I am here to tell you what you mean to your country, you are important, to tell you that there is a serious problem at home, and to tell you are part of the solution", Rahul said.

Mr Prasad also said that before comparing India with China and praising the latter, Mr Gandhi should have seen a report in an worldwide magazine's December issue, "which predicts that India would overtake China in growth" soon.

Rahul Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress who is on a visit to Bahrain as a part of his outreach to the Indian diaspora, met the Indians living there and delivered a sharply critical speech. Gulf countries have the biggest Indian diaspora of more than 35 lakh.

Dr Farooq Abdullah emphasised that the focus should be on making India better while engaging the Indian diaspora rather than being stuck on earning political brownie points. "India simply can not afford this". "Whether it was Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister who traveled country after country to build relations, then it was his daughter Indira Gandhi and so did Rajiv, cultivating the world", said the NC president. "And we will be in Canada, we will come and have a chat with you in Canada", Gandhi said in a reply on being asked about his plans to visit Canada. "We need you just as we needed you in 1947 to defeat the British forces", Rahul added.

He also questioned Rahul's silence on killings of BJP, RSS workers in Kerala and Karnataka. He said that job creation will top his priority as India is the second most populous nation and there is rising discontent in the youth about the limited opportunities they get. Rahul also said that he would like to focus upon building a healthcare infrastructure so that the Indian people could access quality healthcare services at an affordable price.

"Gujarat is BJP's stronghold and but it won by a narrow margin", he said.

"We are a very powerful party".

"[Rahul Gandhi's] speech shows that that he or his associates haven't done their homework".