MASSIVE CROWDS SEEN AT CONGRESS CHIEF’S RALLY IN DUBAI CRICKET STADIUM
DUBAI — Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been given warm welcome by thousands of Indian expatriates at the Dubai International Airport on Thursday night as he began his two-day UAE visit.
Congress president visited the workers’ accommodation at Jebel Ali industrial area in Dubai and had conversations with the blue-colored workers. He praised the Indian workers over there for making the country proud by their hard work in the UAE.
“You have illuminated the names of every religion, every state and every caste,” he said
Rahul also met several dignitaries and successful senior Indian businessmen in Dubai and exchanged greetings.
The main public event was held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium which witnessed a huge sea of people vying to have a glance at the leader and patiently waited to hear him.
A cultural show marked the start of the event.
Rahul Gandhi who was pleasantly surprised to see the large gathering at the venue expressed his thanks and appreciation for the organizers of the event and for the love of Indian community who devoted their time to hear him.
Rahul 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, according to reports.
Rahul Gandhi made a passionate plea for all the expatriate Indians to unite in the fight against the growing intolerance back home in India.
Excerpts from his speech:
“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 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.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi was all praise for His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, whom he met earlier in the day before heading to the public event.
Gandhi said he was enchanted by the most important expression of His Highness when he met him, which was his humility.
He also lauded Shaikh Mohammad for his mission and vision of Dubai and for contributing more than 50 years for this country.
“The number one emotion that I experienced in His Highness is his humility.”
“What he has achieved here is with humility and an absolute lack of any arrogance.
Great nations are built with that type of humility.”
Rahul Gandhi will visit Abu Dhabi on Saturday and will meet the UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and other dignitaries. He will come back to Dubai in the evening.
He is scheduled to address a Press conference in Dubai before culminating his two-day visit to the UAE.