India's Congress party president Rahul Gandhi addresses expatriates in Dubai
India’s Congress party president Rahul Gandhi began his two-day visit to the UAE on Friday. The main public event, a cultural meeting of Indian diaspora where Gandhi will be the chief guest, is scheduled to begin at 4pm at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Gandhi is expected to address a crowd of 25,000 and talk about “the Idea of India” in the context of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi.
Dubai-based Businessman Mohammad Akbar from Mumbai who had come with his family said he has been a staunch Congressman since his childhood. “Rahul Gandhi stands for change - look how much of a change he has brought in the Congress party itself in the last one year. He is our future,” said Mohammad Akbar.
A group of men said they specially got themsekves Rahul Gandhi’s trademark green jacket fir the event to express solidarity wuth their leader.
Congress supporters from Kerala Shamsudheen M, Bino Kozhuvallur and Muthu Pardhur who came from Ajman to support their young leader said Rahul Gandhi is the new hope for Indian expatriates to find solutions for their long-pending issues.
“The Indian community has high expectations from the UAE visit of Rahul Gandhi. We are expecting to find solutions to a lot of issues we face,” said Muthu.
Bino said he considered the event a platform for Indian expats to hold their heads high in pride in front of the world. “We are expecting NRI-friendly announcements from him,” he said.
“We love him and respect him. That is why we reached here at 10am itself to catch the front row seats for the general public,” said Shamsudheen.
Hundreds of people are pouring into Dubai International Cricket Stadium to attend the public meeting of Rahul Gandhi. Some people were seen selling T-shirts and caps bearing the image of Gandhi.
“Dh20..Dh20,” one man was shouting in Hindi as some fans approached him to purchase the customized merchandise.