'Serious problem at home', job creation at 8-year low: Rahul Gandhi in Bahrain

'Instead of accepting that we are struggling to create jobs... the government is busy converting the fear being generated in jobless youth into hatred between communities,' Gandhi said. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 05.09 PM (IST)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi told NRIs in Bahrain on Monday that there "is a serious problem at home". 

He went on to say that "job creation is at an eight-year low". And that instead of focusing on the "removal of poverty" and "job creating", the country was instead seeing a rise in the "forces of hate and division". 

"Instead of accepting that we are struggling to create jobs, instead of uniting people of all religions and communities together to face the challenge, the government is busy converting the fear being generated in jobless youth into hatred between communities," Gandhi said. 

He added that he was there to tell the non-resident Indians what they meant to their country, and that they were part of the solution. 

"Your talent, skills, tolerance, patriotism is what India needs today. You have shown us how you have built the countries you have journeyed to," Gandhi added. 

Gandhi was addressing the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin in Bahrain. 

Gandhi, who recently took over as president of the Congress party from his mother Sonia, has made some of his strongest attacks on the government while abroad. 

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ANI also reported Gandhi, while interacting with the Indian diaspora after his address, as saying that "Gujarat BJP ka gadh hai aur wahan bach ke nikli hai BJP". 

The BJP had recently won the Gujarat elections, coming back to power for a sixth time despite ruling the state for 22 years straight, where it won 99 seats against the Congress' 77 in the 182-seat house. 

BJP President Amit Shah had earlier said his party would win a total of 150 seats.