Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked him in Parliament, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the BJP government of “crushing” the weak and the poor who demand their rights.
“The country will not benefit by threatening and beating people. You crushed Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad and here you are crushing Kanhaiya Kumar and our students. Wherever a poor individual seeks his rights — be it a farmer, Dalit, tribal or small trader — wherever a weak person is raising his voice, the NDA government, Modi government is trying to crush it,” he said.
Rahul met a group of tribals from Chhattisgarh. He said they told him about the atrocities in Bastar and that they were being threatened and crushed.
Linking his meeting with the tribals to the JNU incident and Vemula’s suicide, Rahul said: “Modi and his cabinet ministers are free to take action against me. But spare the poor.”
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The AICC released an article in response to the PM’s remark in the Lok Sabha that some people grow older but their minds do not.
“As one evolves from Chief Minister to Prime Minister, people certainly expect a certain level of maturity, a certain degree of willingness to listen and outgrow the love of one’s own voice. But after two years of unease, unrest and numerous confrontations, people have begun to wonder — how much does he hear — when will he hear,” it read.
Dismissing Rahul’s charge, the BJP said that he believed in shouting “untruth” day after day to make it sound credible.
“These are baseless allegations. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.