Patriotism in my blood, don’t need certificate from RSS, BJP: Rahul Gandhi

He said neither he nor the Congress or its president were afraid of PM Narendra Modi.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Amethi | Updated: February 20, 2016 11:38 am
Rahul Gandhi, RSS, JNU, JNUSU, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Sedition, Anti national, narendra modi, Jawaharlal nehru university, Congress, BJP Rahul Gandhi interacts with labourers at a village in Amethi on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Facing constant attack from the ruling party at Centre for supporting “anti-nationals” over ongoing JNU row, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Friday hit back saying “patriotism” runs in his blood and he does not need any certificate from RSS and BJP. He said neither he nor the Congress and its president were afraid of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who “doesn’t speak truth, doesn’t fulfil promises”.

“Rashtrabhakti mere khoon me hai (Patriotism is in my blood)…32 bullets were fired at (grandmother) Indira Gandhi and my father (Rajiv Gandhi) was also assassinated for the cause of this country. My family has taught me lessons in patriotism…we have not learnt anything else. So I do not need any certificate from RSS or BJP,” Rahul said in Amethi.

Addressing a series of meetings here, the Congress leader kept attacking Modi and said a situation has come in the country where attempts are being made to suppress all voices of dissent.

“Today, whoever speaks against Modiji, is being threatened. But neither me, nor the Congress or its president are afraid of him. We are going to form government in every state now. People of Bihar rejected him. People of Assam are going to do the same, and then in 2019, people of the entire country will reject him,” he said at a public meeting in Salon area of Amethi.

Asking people to remember that “Narendra Modi does not speak the truth and fails to fulfil promises”, Rahul targeted the BJP government at Centre for rising prices of pulses and failing to bring back the black money. “We are going to fight for the rights of poor and if he (Modi) cannot fulfil his promises, then he should step out of the way,” Rahul said addressing locals in Suchi village.

Making light of Modi’s flagship project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Rahul said, “He is running clean India campaign but his own constituency, as per a recent survey, is among the lowest ranked cities in terms of cleanliness. His constituency is the dirtiest”.

Telling people that Modi has suddenly remembered farmers and is now holding rally for them, the Congress leader pointed out that “PM took a selfie with Obama but never with a farmer, labourer or an unemployed youth”. Rahul asked “what development works have been done by the Modi government” and claimed that “instead of the poor the central government was working for the industrialists”.

He even hit out at the “Make in India” campaign saying, “ask them, if the produce generated by farmers is not made in India”.

In a marked change from his earlier visit when he used to say that his hands are tied up as Congress does not have government in Uttar Pradesh or Centre, Rahul this time asked masses to come to him with their problems and he will try to solve them and even put pressure on the governments.

“We do not have governments (in UP or Centre) but still we will pressurise those in power. I will try to help as much as I can but for better performance you will have to bring Congress government in UP in 2017,” he repeated at almost every meeting and chaupal that he held .

During the day he had tea at the house of a Dalit, visited a local temple and inspected a MGNREGA work site.
‘SP, BSP represent particular section’

Addressing chaupals in Amethi, Rahul accused the Samajwadi Party and BSP of “representing” a “particular” section of the society and said this was the reason why Uttar Pradesh was “lagging behind” in development. “The governments that are formed in Uttar Pradesh belong to a particular section of society and this is why the state has lagged behind in the race of development”, he told presidents of gram sabhas here.

“When Mulayam Singh comes to power, he forms government of a particular section…Mayawati comes and she also makes government of another section…the state is not going to benefit from this,” he said, adding that “though people say that the Congress has been weakened in the state, but this is not the fact and they need to come to Rae Bareli and Amethi to see this”.

Exuding confidence that Congress will come to power in the state, he charged the Centre with attempting to snatch development of Amethi.

“After taking away the mega food park and Hindustan paper mill, they now want to take away the Rajiv Gandhi institute of information technology and the workers need to remain prepared for it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Congress leader continued to face protests over lending support to the JNU agitation. ABVP workers tried to disrupt his entry into his constituency by waving black flags and asking him to go back. More than a dozen activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP’s youth wing, were rounded up while some were taken into custody by the district police for raising slogans against the Congress leader, Inspector in-charge S K Mishra said. He added that the decision to release the BJYM workers will be taken later. BJP youth wing leader Sudhanshu Shukla alleged that some Congress workers clashed with them. Later in the day, some BJP activists, led by district leader Chandra Mauli Singh, burnt an effigy of Rahul Gandhi.

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    IML sood
    Feb 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm
    Oh Pappu what is in your blood everyone knows. Only stupidity,low judgement,useless logic,half baked ideas and under develop brain are the traits that you can have.Word Patriotism is away from you comperhension so do not try.A child learn first such things from mother but your mother being non indian this word may not have much meaning for you.
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      Tony
      Feb 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm
      भारत में बहुत सारे विश्व स्तरीय कार्टूनिस्ट हुए हैं..... पर...... जैसा लाइव कार्टून... हमारे स्वर्गीय श्री राजीव गांधी जी बना कर चले गये....... उसका आज तक कोई मुकाबला नहीं कर पाया है.....!! Rahul hi
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        Anil
        Feb 20, 2016 at 4:34 am
        That is true. But you need to be proactive and root out corruption.
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          ambrish
          Feb 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm
          RSHULJI YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE. CHECK IT OUT FROM MOM AND YOU WOULD KNOW WHICH BLOOD IS PREDOMINANT.
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            Arbind
            Feb 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm
            yes due to PATRIOTISM ONLY -- you are opposing in the court that GOVERNMENT PAPERS about NATIONAL HERALD should not be made public! Your PATRIOTISM will be known to every one!
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              Rajendra
              Feb 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm
              Rahul U and other congress leaders always talk of sacrifices made by congress during freedom struggle .U are yrs dad was not born even before independence.What is yrs or yrs party contribution for the development of our country.U people have milked this country alwiays talking about and fooling public about it.Son of a saint is not saint because of his DNA but because of his Karma .Dont talk rubbish that patriotism runs in urs blood.Fortuntyely for person like you,so far medical science has not detected a test to test patriotism in yrs blood but through yours action ,speech and behavior every one knows that you have been appropriately named Pappu-. and you have only one goal as to some how you should gain power by playing dirty bank vote politics.First you should have condemned the anti national activities in JNU and there after action has been taken,issue o om of speech or excess police action.Kanhaiya and his supporter ve no sympathy.It hardly matters whether he has raised anti national slogan or not.He and his supporter should have called police and hand over people shouting anti national slogan and should have come forward to give witness against them demanding severe possible punishment.By keeping quite he has supported tacitly anti nationals.He and his supporter deserve punishment for it.Even Rahul,Yachuri,Raja and Vrinda need to be punished for supporting it.Issue of freedom pf speech in JNU could have been discicuued and debated later.Heaven would have not fallen.
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                SK
                Feb 20, 2016 at 3:18 am
                Who believes you your blood is polluted. without Ganghi surname you are not worth on paisa. who pays your foreign trips I hope soon National Herald will do justice with you and your mummy.
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                  Bappi
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm
                  Bhak bhak...don't believe u.for u patriotism is a faroff place or flying bird bro
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                    Xxpugo
                    Feb 23, 2016 at 10:00 am
                    I don't favour politics be it any but for your joke hahahahaha
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                      din
                      Feb 20, 2016 at 11:50 am
                      How dare they, (Rahul-Khan, besaram Sharma, two sided Arvin, Ajai Afzal Guru) even have an effrontery to come out in front of their beloved media camera and endorse and support JNU in their claim Afzal Guru was not anti-national and was wrong to hang him and repeatedly pouring anti-India slurs Does he realy know his DNA or JNU - Worth investigating when Rahul contected him before this and other several including stani were visited by him -
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                        MAHADEVAN Hariharakrishnan
                        Feb 21, 2016 at 12:47 am
                        Everyone of us , who are eligible to vote should go the POLLING BOOTH and Vote to defeat such Anti-National Leaders.
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                          Insaan
                          Feb 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm
                          प्रस्तुत चित्र में अरबों खरबों का मालिक, माथे पर तिलक लगाए, कुर्ता पाजामा धारी व्यक्ति क्योंकर गरीबी का स्वांग रचाते सरलमति भारतीयों का उपहास कर रहा है? विद्या रहित व सामान्य ज्ञान के अभाव में अमेठी के मूर्ख भारतीय नागरिक इस व्यक्ति को क्योंकर सिर पर बैठाए हुए हैं? इन प्रश्नों का उत्तर केवल एक शब्द है, वोट, मत মত મત ಒಪ್ಪಿತ സമ്മതിദാനം मत ਵੋਟ வாக்களிப்ப మాట इत्यादि! अड़सठ वर्षों में जो देश और देशवासियों की दुर्दशा हुई है आज प्रधान मंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के नेतृत्व में राष्ट्रीय शासन के चलते सभी भारतवासियों को मिल उसे संवारना होगा| भारतीय नागरिकों के लिए उलाहना नहीं अपितु परित्याग और योग का समय है| विधि पूर्वक की गई उलाहना को समझा जा सकता है और उसके समाधान के लिए वांछित प्रतिक्रिया महत्वपूर्ण है लेकिन बीच चौराहे व्यर्थ किसी पर कीचड़ उछालना भर्त्सना का कारण हो सकता है| विशेषकर, राष्ट्रविरोधी तत्वों को लाभान्वित करते द्वेषपूर्ण अभिव्यक्ति और पत्रकारिता की आड़ में राष्ट्र व राष्ट्रवादी भारतीयों के विरुद्ध जनमत को अनुपयुक्त दिशा देना घोर राष्ट्रद्रोह है|
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                            jay desouza
                            Feb 21, 2016 at 3:22 pm
                            Writers: Why do you call him by his official name? Call by real what he is : Buddu or Pappu.
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                              George Cruz
                              Feb 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm
                              It's BIG LIE by the Rahul hi to claim that Patriotism in his blood. Rahul hi is using Dalits as pawns to carry on the agenda of supporting Islamic Jihadis from Kashmir at the JNU and another division of India just like his Muslim gfather Nehru championed the gobbling of the JandK exclusively for Muslims by creating the article 370.
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                                madan gupta
                                Feb 20, 2016 at 4:07 am
                                यह है. सोनिया इटली से अपने साथ लाइ थी.
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                                  Love Others
                                  Feb 20, 2016 at 7:51 pm
                                  another joker
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                                    Ramesh Nittoor
                                    Feb 20, 2016 at 5:14 am
                                    By taking up difficult challenges like JNU and Hyd University suicide of Rohith, Mr. hi has been proactive and constructive in his polity. Corruption is a difficult challenge, which can not get rooted out until per capita income of India is above a threshold value such that taxation provides substantive income to all government officials. But cooperation of market modernization, taxation reforms, steps which will create capability to reduce corruption can be done. Hopefully, the next budget will be a transformative one, extend 1991 reforms to all sectors of economy, and also get GST done.
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                                      NSJ
                                      Feb 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm
                                      Ek Videshi aurat SONIA HI ne desh ka satyanaas kar diya hai, ab iski girlfriend VERONIQUE, spanish girlfriend........................KO , ISKE baap ko , ko INDIAN ladki nahin mili?????
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                                        NSJ
                                        Feb 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                                        Patriotism in you blood, ok. And guess what Indira hi did to STAY in power. THAT is in your blood too. And now you with your mother DISRUPTING parliament is in your blood too.......huh?
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                                          Juanita
                                          Feb 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm
                                          Does Rahul hi really understand what he is talking about.Patriotism ??His mother is Italian by birth and blood.So how can this man can say "..Patriotism in my blood..."He is neither an Indian patriot nor Iralian Patriot.Italian Mafia ,yesdian lootera,yes.
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                                            Pankaj#1
                                            Feb 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm
                                            Patriot of which country? Certainly not India.
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