Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday, April 23 attacked the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying they are bent upon destroying all institutions of the country that are based on the Constitution.
Institutions such as the Supreme Court were being trampled on and Parliament had been shut down by the government, he alleged, claiming that if he was allowed to speak for 15 minutes on a host of issues, including the Nirav Modi scam, Modi would "run away". "This is what he had said not me", Gandhi quipped prompting his supporters to chant Narendra Modi murdabad.
In an apparent reference to the Supreme Court last week rejecting pleas seeking probe into death of judge B H Loya, the ruling party chief said "everyone knows" the reasons for which the judiciary has "invited the wrath of Congress the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty", but he would not get into that.
"Congress and BR Ambedkar wrote and gave the Constitution to India". The campaign focusses on rising atrocities against the Dalits across the country.
The campaign, launched against the backdrop of uproar in the country over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and incidents of rapes in other parts of the country including in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh's Unnao where the accused is a BJP MLA, is also aimed at boosting Congress prospects for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "But today, people of RSS ideology are being placed in these institutions", he said.
Paswan, who holds the food and consumer affairs portfolio, said the Congress party lost 2014 election as it "cheated Dalits".
He said that the party's scheduled caste leaders from block to national levels will participate in the programme and the campaign would go on for almost a year till 14 April, 2019. At the same time, he said that simply attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies was "not enough".
When Rahul says the Congress made the Constitution, he is continuing his family legacy of humiliating Bhimrao Ambedkar, Shah said. Addressing Congress workers, Gandhi speaking at the Talkatora Stadium said, "the party will work for the people of India to protect them, their ideas and build their future". They do not want rule of democracy but they want rule of dynasty.
"The campaign would be taken up at the state-level by the party's respective SC departments to reach out to the common man at the village level", said Nitin Raut, chairman of the AICC's Scheduled Caste cell, in a statement. "Rescue? From the BJP and its own MLAs", that the Congress chief said. "Forget getting them educated", ANI quoted the Congress chief as saying.