Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that he wants to listen to problems instead of telling his ‘Mann Ki Baat’. While interacting with Indian workers during his maiden visit to the UAE, Gandhi lauded the Indian workers for making the country proud by their hard work. Gandhi also held a meeting with business leaders and professionals and also interacted with the Punjabi community in Dubai.
"Main yahan apne mann ki baat kahne nahi aaya hun... main yahan aapke mann ki baat sunane aaya hun (I have not come here to speak my mind, I have come to listen to you)," he said in his address at the Jabel Ali labour colony. He said apparently referring to PM Modi's monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat' where he addresses the nation on various issues.
The Congress president also said that his party was aware of the difficulties faced by the labourers and wants to help them. "I realise you face several hardships. You work all day, send money to your family back home. We want to talk to you," Rahul said.
"All these massive developments you see here, tall buildings, large airports, and metro, would not have been built without your contribution. You have given your sweat, blood and time for the development of this city and you have made Indians of all backgrounds proud. You have illuminated the names of every religion, every state and every caste," Gandhi said while praising them.
"The battle has begun... and we are going to win," Gandhi said, hinting at the 2019 general elections in India.
Gandhi is accompanied by Kerala Congress leader Oommen Chandy and Indian Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda. Earlier, he was accorded a warm welcome by the Indian diaspora at the Dubai airport.