Congress leader Rahul Gandhi emphasized the need to empower mechanics in India to bolster the country’s automobile industry. In a video shared on social media, Gandhi documented his interaction with motorcycle mechanics at Delhi’s Karol Bagh during the “Bharat Jodo Yatra,” referring to it as the “next pit stop” of the journey. The footage showcased candid conversations, with Gandhi learning about bike servicing and addressing their concerns.
Gandhi mentioned that he owns a KTM390 motorcycle, which remains unused due to security restrictions preventing him from riding it. At the bikers’ market, he engaged with mechanics named Umed Shah, Vicky Sen, and Manoj Paswan, providing services to a motorcycle.
“To strengthen the automobile industry of India, there is a need to empower the mechanics of India,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. The Congress issued a statement explaining that the Bharat Jodo Yatra aims to listen to the voices of all Indians, particularly those who have not had the opportunity to share their stories.
Gandhi expressed his commitment to understanding the challenges and aspirations of mechanics in India. Umed Shah, a senior mechanic, shared his story of being forced to abandon his studies and become a mechanic due to poverty, following in his elder brother’s footsteps. Paswan and Sen expressed their concerns about the meager returns of their profession and the burden of supporting their families.
Gandhi highlighted the hardships faced by mechanics, who strive to sustain the automobile industry, and stressed the importance of providing them with better facilities and opportunities. He asserted that true progress for India lies in the prosperity and well-being of every individual, including workers from all professions.