UAE visit of Rahul Gandhi reinforced his image as a mass leader: Congress

Congress President Rahul Gandhi two-day maiden visit to the United Arab Emirates has strengthened his image as a mass leader whose message finds resonance with Indians all over the world, the party said in a press statement.

He has interacted with the Indian overseas community and the student community during the trip last week. He received an enthusiastic response and held meetings with several groups, including construction labourers, students, business leaders and the media. He also held closed-door meetings with senior members of the UAE government, the party said.

During his two day visit, he also had breakfast at the home of a Dubai businessman seated with businessman Sunny Varkey and Congress advisor Sam Pitroda at a table with a lavish spread of food.

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The party’s statement said that the showpiece event of the Rahul Gandhi’s UAE tour was a massive public meeting at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, where over 30,000 Indians from across the UAE and the Middle East attended.

During his tour, he visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

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Mr Gandhi while speaking on intolerance has said that India has witnessed a great deal of intolerance and anger in the last four and a half years which stemmed from the “mentality of the people in power.”

“Tolerance is embedded in our culture and it is quite sad to see what has been going on back home in the last four and a half years. We have seen a lot of intolerance, anger and division between communities. It stems from the mentality of the people who are leading,” he added.