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UPA will reserve 33% government jobs for women: Rahul

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on Wednesday said the UPA will reserve 33 per cent government jobs for women and pass the giving 33 per cent of seats in the if it wins the battle.

Interacting with students of for Women here, Gandhi also said that the would simplify the procedures in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and have a low single tax rate.

Wearing a jeans and T-shirt, Gandhi faced a range of questions from the students about the Congress-led UPA's plans for economic growth, bringing peace in Jammu and Kashmir, on charges against his Robert Vadra, views about the and the reason for hugging Modi in Parliament.

To a question on the status of women in the country, he said the situation was better in than in There was the cultural aspect, he said.

"There is still a lot needed to be done in Tamil Nadu," he quickly added.

He said that if the UPA formed a government, the would be passed and 33 per cent of jobs in central and state governments would be reserved for women.

The said he had no hatred towards

"Love is the foundation of every religion whether it is Hinduism, Islam or Christianity. I was watching the speech in Parliament where he was criticizing my father, grandmother, great grandfather and the Congress," he said.

"Inside me, I was feeling affection for him. He was so angry that he was not able to see the beauty of the world."

Gandhi said he felt that Modi didn't have the love he wanted. "I wanted to show affection and hugged him."

He said the UPA defeat in 2014 taught him several lessons.

"I learn from Modi. I don't hate him. Do you hate the person who teaches you?" Gandhi asked to students and got a big "No" as the answer.

"The biggest are the people who attack. The more you are attacked, the more you give love and affection back."

On bringing peace back in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the first step was to build the bridge to the people there. It was built between 2004 and 2014 during the

As a result, terror attacks came down drastically and power was given to the people by holding elections.

will carry out terror attacks, he said. "But we have to engage with the people of "

He criticized the central government for facilitating like Nirav Modi, and others to leave the country after defrauding the banks.

"The money deposited in the banks by people during demonetization was given to these businessmen," he said.

When a student queried why he did not mention the name of along with these businessmen, Gandhi said: "The government has the right to investigate. The law must not be applied selectively. I am the first person to say investigate Vadra."

He asked the students how many times they had seen Modi taking any question.

According to him, the current central government was centric and he believed that all parts of India should have an equal say.

Gandhi said the world was moving from being US centric to US-China-centric and India should not lean right or left but should stand straight.

The said that the biggest hindrance for economic growth was crony capitalism and corruption.

On the education system, Gandhi said there should be space for the government and everything cannot be left to the hands of the private sector.

There were lighter moments during the interaction with Gandhi asking the students to address him as Rahul and not as Sir -- which was applauded by the students.

Gandhi maintained that he was still a



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 14:02 IST