With Opposition parties continuing to pursue the Punjab National Bank fraud case aggressively in Parliament, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is all geared up to visit Singapore and Malaysia this week according to media reports. Rahul will travel to Singapore on 8th and 9th of March and will head to Malaysia on 10th March.
As Congress grapples with Northeast debacle, Rahul Gandhi all set to visit Singapore, Malaysia.
Despite losing the three-state Northeast election and facing a lot of criticism for his previous foreign trip, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is set to embark on another three-day foreign tour on 8th of March. Rahul Gandhi, who played a limited role leading to the Assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, will make his 2nd foreign trip this month.
During his trip, the Gandhi scion is expected to meet Indian businessmen and also address the Indian diaspora in Singapore. Rahul Gandhi had previously addressed the Indian diaspora in US and Bahrain, where he tried to highlight the achievements of the Congress, and also reflected on the mistakes that the party would avoid making in the future.
Rahul had delivered a speech at the University of California, Berkeley on the issue of ‘India at 70’, where he admitted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a better communicator than he is. He also spoke on the issue of dynastic politics, a subject for which the Congress has often been targeted by Opposition parties, and said that dynasty is “present in all political parties”.
Rahul makes presence felt on Twitter
Panned by the social media for his breezy weekend visit to ‘Nani in Italy’ when the Congress was getting wiped out in the Northeast, Rahul Gandhi was back in Delhi. He promptly registered his presence through Twitter, bypassing Parliament. But the Congress chief who takes his political messaging on the micro-blogging site rather ‘seriously’, obviously more than the poll results, changed the itinerary to return some of the heat he faced on Twitter. On Tuesday, he may face more heat from the treasury benches.
However, his latest itinerary is very close what Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows during his foreign visits. PM Modi is known to address Indian community in different countries and Rahul Gandhi has been doing the same in the recent past.
In Bahrain, he had attended a meeting of Global Organization of People of India Origin. This meeting saw participation from members of 50 countries. Back then, the Congress president had attacked PM Modi and his economic policies while addressing the gathering.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had flown to Italy during Holi to “surprise his 93-year-old Nani”. Responding to the loss of Northeast elections, Rahul had taken to Twitter and had said that the party respects the mandate of the people. “We are committed to strengthening our party across the North East and to win back the trust of the people. My sincere thanks to each and every Congress worker who toiled for the party,” he said in a tweet. In another tweet, he blamed the BJP of “usurping power”.
Rahul also interacted with students at the Princeton University in New Jersey and spoke about the challenges faced by India. The focus of his speech was on creation of jobs. During his visit to Bahrain in 2018, Rahul addressed the Indian diaspora and said that the two threats facing India under the Modi government were the inability to create jobs and the rise in the forces of hatred and division.
His comments drew a sharp reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had criticized his address an act of “immaturity”. Rahul’s visit to Malaysia and Singapore will come at a time when he is already facing criticism for taking a vacation in Italy the day after Assembly election results failed to produce a victory for the party in three northeastern states: Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.