People support Modi because they don't have jobs: Rahul

People support Modi because they don't have jobs: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi at an interactive session at London School of Economics, London on Friday. PTI file photo

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that people support populist leaders like US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi because they are angry over not having jobs, as the Congress president stepped up his attack on the BJP and the RSS.

Interacting with Indian Journalists' Association here, Rahul said that instead of solving the problem, these leaders ride on that anger and damage the country.

"People support populist leaders like Mr Trump and Mr Modi because they are angry that they don't have a job. Instead of solving this problem these leaders ride on that anger. They damage the country by this," he said.

On Friday, Rahul said India was facing a "full-blown crisis" of unemployment and the government was refusing to admit it.

During an interaction programme at the prestigious London School of Economics here, he had said that where China creates 50,000 jobs a day, only 450 jobs are created in a day in India. This is a catastrophe.

Rahul again maintained that "there is a lot of similarity between the Muslim Brotherhood and the RSS. They use democratic processes to capture power".

The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest political Islamist group in the Arab world. It is banned and declared as a terrorist organisation by the governments of several countries.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said in New Delhi that the likes of President Ram Nath Kovind, Modi and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died last week, have an RSS background and Rahul's comparison of the organisation with an Islamist outfit is "unforgivable".

He demanded an immediate apology from the Congress president for likening the choice of Indians in an election with an organisation which, the BJP leader said, is declared a terror outfit in many countries.

On Vijay Mallya, Rahul said that Indian prisons are "pretty decent" while commenting on his ongoing extradition case.

"Indian prisons are pretty decent as far as Mr Mallya is concerned," he said.

In July, Mallya appeared before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London where both defence and prosecution presented clarifications on Barrack 12 at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where Mallya is to be held post-extradition.