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The country now wants ‘Sach Bharat’, says Rahul

By IANS Updated: Aug 17, 2017 10:51 pm

New Delhi, August 17 (IANS): Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he speaks about ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) but now the country wants ‘Sach Bharat’ (Truthful India).

“Modiji says he wants a Swachh Bharat but we want Sach Bharat. Wherever he goes, he lies,” Gandhi said at the Save Composite Culture conclave called by Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav here.

Terming the ‘Make in India programme’ of the NDA government a failure, he said: “Modiji gave ‘Make In India’ slogan, but here most things are ‘Made In China’. But the truth is that Modiji’s ‘Make In India’ has failed completely.”

He also noted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised to create two crore jobs every year and give Rs 15 lakh to every household if it came to power but failed on these counts.

Launching a stinging attack on the Modi government and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), accusing them of trying to change the Constitution, Gandhi urged all opposition parties to fight them unitedly.

“After Independence, (Jawaharlal) Nehruji, (Sardar Vallabhbhai) Patelji, (B.R.) Ambedkarji all talked about ‘one man, one vote’ system. They know well that till the time there is ‘one man, one vote’ system in the country, till that time the country doesn’t belong to them.

“RSS’s main aim is to destroy and finish the Constitution. They ultimately want to take away the ‘one man, one vote’ right,” he said.

Gandhi said the RSS was aware that with its ideology it would not win elections and that was the reason why they were placing their men in every institution — judiciary, bureaucracy and media.

“If we have to fight them, then we have to fight unitedly,” he said.

He said Congressmen believe that they belong to the country and want to do something for it while the BJP and the RSS claim that this country belonged only to them.

“The RSS says that this country is ours, but it does not belong to the minorities, Dalits and farmers,” he said.

Gandhi also said that the RSS’s most prominent leader during the Independence movement wrote to the British rulers, offering his apology in return for release from prison.

“They pleaded for their freedom. None of the Congress leaders or leaders of the other parties except the RSS pleaded with the Britishers,” he said.

He also accused the BJP and the RSS of attacking from “behind”. “They never attack from the front and they are champions in running away.”

Referring to the stone pelting attack on his convoy in Gujarat, Gandhi said: “When the stones were thrown at my cavalcade and black flags were shown by BJP workers, I stopped there to speak with them. But soon after I got off my vehicle and went towards them, they ran away. And this is their quality.”

By IANS Updated: Aug 17, 2017 10:51:57 pm