From invoking Steve Jobs to family: Highlights of Rahul Gandhi's speech in Mathura

Mathura: Firing yet another salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi on Monday claimed that the PM is scripting his own "downfall" as he has "failed" to fulfil promises made to the people.

 From invoking Steve Jobs to family: Highlights of Rahul Gandhis speech in Mathura

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Reuters image

In a pep talk at Congress Executive meet in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, the Congress Vice President said that everybody has the "Congress DNA" and ideologically the party still occupies the first position since it is not like RSS "in which everything is decided from the top".

He said that the Prime Minister has not fulfilled his poll promises and is "damaging himself" much more than Congress could have inflicted on him.

Here are the highlights from his speech:

'Steve Jobs ne poocha, bhaiya iska matlab kya hai?'

Rahul invoked Steve Jobs' efforts to revive a floundering Apple and said the party men should work as a team so that they can fill the void that will be created after "exit" of Modi.

Rahul went on to tell a story which involving the Apple founder.

He told the crowd that once an elderly neighbour of Jobs invited him over to show him a 'magic trick'.

The man put some uneven stones in a motor and started it. The next day, when Jobs visited him, he was surprised to see that the stones had turned smooth and shiny.

"Steve Jobs ne poocha, bhaiya iska matlab kya hai? (Steve Jobs asked, brother what does this mean?)" Rahul continued.

The moral, he explained was if you let people communicate and give them space, the will be transformed for good.

'You are now my family'

Rahul said that earlier he saw the Congress supporters as an army, where members were disposable.

"Few months back, I had a change in my views. I don't see you as an army anymore. Now, I see you all as my family," he said.

Telling party workers that everybody has "Congress DNA" in their blood, Rahul said that they need to motivate people to work and fight together, and gave a message of unity to revive the party that has lost much of its base in the key Hindi belt state.

Black skies and the RSS:

Maintaining that Congress is different from the RSS, Rahul said, "This is not RSS. Had it been RSS, (Mohan) Bhagwat would have come and told you that the sky is black and then all of you would have echoed that the sky is black. Decisions do not percolate from the top in the Congress party."

'Farmers abusing Modiji'

"He has promised good days to farmers. Now farmers are committing suicide. Wherever I go in the country, the farmers are abusing Modiji. They are not criticising but abusing.

Youths are not getting jobs and despite making repeated promises thrice, OROP has not been given yet.

"Modi is damaging himself much more than we can together do to him. We have to make our place. Modiji is bound to go down but when he goes, we have to fill that space. You may keep on attacking Modi but Modi is attacking himself much more," Rahul said.

The Congress Vice President, who has frequently taunted the PM with his "suit-boot" barbs, had on Sunday attacked Modi over 'Make in India' initiative, saying it was "Take in India" in reality.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Sep 21, 2015 18:04:29 IST