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Indian politician Rahul Gandhi meets leaders, workers and supporters in the UAE

Indian politician Rahul Gandhi meets leaders, workers and supporters in the UAE

The president of the Indian National Congress came to the UAE on a two-day visit

Indian politician Rahul Gandhi concluded his two-day visit to the UAE on Saturday after addressing students, workers and the supporters of his Indian National Congress (INC) party in the country.

“I am humbled by the love of the Indian community here in the UAE and their infectious enthusiasm and energy that helped make our visit a big success,” the opposition party president said on Twitter on Sunday.

Gandhi met with several leaders including UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sharjah ruler Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, as well as the UAE’s minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nahayan.

“This evening I had an excellent meeting with the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, the architect of modern Dubai,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

“The bonds between India and the UAE have stood the test of time. I am committed to helping build an even stronger relationship between our countries,” he added.

The Indian politician also met with businessmen in the UAE including GEMS founder and chairman Sunny Varkey and LuLu founder Yussuf Ali.

Addressing students, workers and other supporters of the Congress party during his visit, Gandhi asserted that “India’s diaspora needs to be utilised”.

“I am taking back the idea of tolerance, an Indian idea that has been attacked in our own country,” he said.

At the main public event in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, where an estimated 50,000 people gathered, Gandhi said: “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.

“Today India 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,” he added.

He also hit out at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying “India is facing a 14-year low with regard to investments. A couple of ill-advised economic policies like Demonetisation and GST has vitiated the atmosphere. We will put an end to the anger that has been spread by BJP.”

He also pledged to help Indian workers in the UAE and offer them support during a visit to a labour accommodation in Jebel Ali.

“I know you leave your home to go abroad to work and you face many difficulties. You work the entire day and send money home. I have come here to tell you that we stand with you,” he said.

“We are ready to help. Whatever you need, whatever we can do to help you, we will. We want to talk to you.”

The visit is Gandhi’s first to the UAE after being elected as the Congress president in 2017.

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