India does not need a govt that makes Hindus fight Muslims: Rahul

"You must ensure that a secular government comes to power in Delhi. We don't need a government that promotes hate and anger," said Rahul.

By: Press Trust of India | Ramanathapuram | Updated: April 21, 2014 2:40 pm

Making a strong pitch for a “pro-poor, secular government” at the Centre, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said India does not need a government that “makes Hindus fight Muslims” in an apparent dig at BJP.

Addressing an election rally here, he said that since these were Lok Sabha elections, local Tamil parties, with which Congress failed to enter into a poll-pact, will not form the government at Delhi. “You must ensure that a pro-poor, secular government comes to power in Delhi. We don’t need a government that promotes hate and anger. We don’t need a government that makes Hindus fight Muslims,” he said.

The country also did not require a government that “imposes ideas from one state on another,” he added. Seeking to enthuse workers who are putting up with the stiff challenge as the party is facing the polls alone, Gandhi said he was happy that Congress was fighting the elections by itself as there was no need for any compromise.

“I am proud to see our workers all charged up and ready to fight elections and ready to fight under Congress banner. Now we will not have to compromise,” he said.

Congress’ long-time ally DMK had walked out of the UPA coalition in March 2013, citing the emotive Sri lankan Tamils issue even as the Dravidian major had spurned the national party’s offers for a pre-poll alliance this year.

Voicing confidence that his party will put up a good show in the April 24 Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi said Congress would not confine its fight to this LS polls alone but also fight and come to power in the state in the future.

The party was last routed in the 1967 Assembly elections when DMK under its founder C N Annadurai first wrested power from the national party and has been piggybacking on either DMK or AIADMK.

Taking a dig at BJP’s Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, Gandhi said that while he talks of the Gujarat model of development, he should witness the Tamil Nadu model, indicating that the southern state fared better, a claim made by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

“Tamil Nadu has not only shown India, but the rest of the world what Tamil people are capable of doing. Mr Modi talks about the Gujarat model, may be he should come here and take a look at the Tamil (Nadu) model,” he said.

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  1. J
    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:12 am
    Sahi Bola RAHUL
    1. P.S.Arunachalam Arunachalam
      Apr 21, 2014 at 11:29 am
      When in Rome do as the Romans do TN RaGa sings a suitable tune. Otherwise INC will be completely decimated. Even now INC stands a good chance of being wiped out with colourless candidates like Karthik in the field.
      1. R
        Ramakrishnan Nataraja
        Apr 22, 2014 at 6:49 am
        What this johnny is saying is. Muslims are in danger because of Hindus - hence keep electing me and I will ensure that Muslims are safe... On the reverse, he is not saying "'Christians & Muslims"", ""Hindus & Sikhs"" or ""Sikhs & Christians"". With this combination, what it necessary mean is :: sauarding muslims is "'SECULARISM"".... Sikhs were butchered (congress goons and sikhs didnt clash) - it was one sided state sponsored butchering - 3000 plus in numbers. 2002 started with muslims killing innocent hindus in a train, post godhra it was fighting and not one sided state sponsored. A good number of hindus died post Godhra which no one talks about. For Seculars like Rahul and a willing media, someone sauard muslims and name it SECULARISM....
        1. S
          Apr 21, 2014 at 11:34 am
          Rahul, Where is the investigation on the slaughtering over 30,000 Sikhs in 1984? So you want to collaborate to the Sinhala Buddhists against the Eelam Tamil Hindus?Are you a Hindu or a Christian? Why you are using religion in politics?