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Rahul Gandhi trashes Modi’s Swachh Bharat Campaign, says it’s a photo opportunity

Congress is utilising the 125th birth anniversary of Nehru to rally round non-NDA parties on secularism.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2014 1:25 am
Rahul-l Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi at the 125th Birth Anniversary Function of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru in New Delhi on Thursday. (source: PTI Photo)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched an offensive to isolate BJP and the Sangh parivar by drawing a secularism versus communalism battle line. Rahul first took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling Swachh Bharat Abhiyan a mere “photo opportunity”, and then said the foundation of social harmony in the country has been weakened with the spreading of “poison” of communalism.

Addressing party workers at a function on the eve of the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, Sonia said had Nehru been alive, he would have asked all Congressmen to fight “communal forces”, and become “valiant soldiers of secularism”. She said her party would fight “ideologies, institutions and individuals” who have been trying to demolish Nehru’s concept of “liberal India”.

Congress is hoping to use Nehru’s birth anniversary to rally secular forces and boost the morale of party workers. Sonia has written to leaders of all parties, barring BJP and its allies, inviting them to an international conference next week.

rahul-nehru-l Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh take oath to work for the country at the 125th Birth Anniversary Function of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru. (Source: PTI photo)

Both Sonia and Rahul admitted the party is passing through one of its most difficult periods. “In the 129 years of our existence, we have faced many difficulties and fought them…because we have learnt from our leaders how to face adversities,” Sonia said.

Rahul said India’s foundation was built on love and brotherhood. “But today, this foundation is being demolished. On one hand, roads are being cleaned. Everybody is getting a photo opportunity cleaning the roads, but on the other poison is being spread,” he said.

Rahul admitted Congress has committed some mistakes, but did not elaborate.

He said the government was being run by those who nurture anger and accused it of even trying to junk English. The pitch for English by Rahul has been seen as an attempt to reach out to the aspirational middle-class.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Nov 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm
    If both Sg and RG together spread filth, then also India will be cleaned swatch because you will be only people surrounded by own filth. So either join clean india movement or get filth on yourself. Choice is yours and of course there is one way ticket to Italy
    1. A
      Nov 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm
      Can any ideas sprout from a dynasty. Kim ll Sung of India
      1. S
        Samanya Admi
        Nov 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm
        Sonia hi is an implant in the name of Nehru dynasty that has proved dangerous to the nation based in track record of loot of one-third nation's wealth enforcing third world poverty on the people. During last decade the gap between rich and poor widened.The nation is better off with simple and angry people than those who looted with "love".One people, one nation and one India. Stop divisive and partisan politics.Save Dharma, Prakriti (Nature) and Sanskriti (Culture) to save one-self and the nation. "Dharmo Rakshati Rakaha"Nation First! Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Hind.
        1. N
          Nov 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm
          I cannot disagree more with baba. Last 6 decades of achievement includes open defecation, corruption, third world status poverty, sycophancy and destroying the fabric of indian society.Not only he has undermined the higher insutions but congress in general has done it over and over again. Baba shouting when MMS was gone, congress cm giving resignation to party president instead of governor and MMS getting approval from council chaired by Sonia hi. If this is not undermining higher insutions of democracy then what is it?India will be better served with congress out of power as constant ault on her democracy will stop.
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            Vishnu Sharma
            Nov 13, 2014 at 11:23 am
            Warning to congressmenIf you keep harping on the mantra of appeat in the name of secularism, You are just digging a deeper grave for yourselves.
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