New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that nothing can be done about the country’s unemployment rate and the state of economy unless the voice of every Indian, irrespective of religion and caste, is heard in the Lok Sabha and in the state Assemblies.

Delivering an inaugural address at Rashtriya Adivasi Nritya Mahotsav in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur on Friday, Rahul Gandhi, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “India’s economy can not run without taking people of all religions and castes along. Until the voice of every Indian is heard in Lok Sabha and in state Assemblies, nothing can be done about unemployment and the state of economy.”

The three-day national-level tribal dance festival in Raipur took place at science college grounds on Friday. It will conclude on December 29. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took part in the traditional dance at the inauguration of Rashtriya Adivasi Nritya Mahotsav in Raipur on December 27. Earlier reports stated that several senior Congress leaders including Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel were expected to attend Friday’s function.

Rahul Gandhi, while speaking to reporters in Chhattisgarh on Friday, also raised the issue of women’s safety and pointed out at the violence in the country. “Earlier the world used to say that India and China are growing at the same pace but now world is seeing violence in India, women not feeling safe on the streets and rising unemployment,” said Gandhi, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Notably, the former Congress President is slated to lead an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest on December 28 in Assam’s Guwahati,  stated news agency IANS. Raising objection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that no detention centres were being constructed in Assam’s Matia, Rahul Gandhi on December 26 tweeted a video and said, “The Prime Minister of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) is lying to the nation”.