Rahul Gandhi at Saharanpur border: ‘Central govt spreading fear across country, Dalits being oppressed’

The Congress vice-president was accompanied by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2017 5:14 pm
saharanpur, saharanpur clashes, saharanpur violence, saharanpur dalit violence, saharanpur dalit clashes, rahul gandhi, congress rahul gandhi, congress, india news Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference at the Saharanpur border on Saturday. (Source: ANI)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reached the Saharanpur border on Saturday afternoon and interacted with locals who have been affected by caste-based violence in the district. “The government has failed on law and order in Uttar Pradesh. Everybody in the country who is not powerful is scared and this is not the way to run a country,” said the Congress vice-president, reported news agency ANI. Rahul had been denied permission by the UP police and the district administration to visit the district due to law and order problems. He was accompanied by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“The administration has requested me so I will be going back, but they have said they will take me to the affected villages once the situation improves,” Rahul said on reaching the border. He slammed the Central government for creating an atmosphere of fear in the country and oppressing minorities. “The national government is spreading fear across the country. Dalits are being oppressed. This is not only in Saharanpur but all over India. Rohith Vemula was oppressed and every day crores of people are being oppressed.”

He went on to say the government only listens to suit-boot type people and not the poor. Speaking about Kashmir, the Congress vice-president said when there is peace in the Valley, India stands to gain, but when there is violence, Pakistan stands to gain.

Earlier in the day, ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra had said Rahul Gandhi would be stopped at Saharanpur border if he tried to enter the district. The police did try to stop the Congress vice-president but the latter continued his journey to reach the clash-affected area to take stock of the situation.

On May 5, one person was killed and at least 15 others, including a police officer, injured when members of two caste groups, Thakurs and Dalits, clashed over loud music being played during a procession. Clashes again broke out on May 23, when one person was killed and four injured. On Wednesday, May 24, three more people were injured in a round of fresh violence in the district.

With inputs from agencies

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  1. D
    May 28, 2017 at 5:45 am
    Rahul Papu Rajiv Feroze Khan has his ancestry from Junagadh where his great g father Nawab Khan was borne. Nawab Khan's ancestors were original Pathans from Afghanistan when the Nawab of Junagadh had imported some 500 Pathans to help the small Muslim army of Junagadh. Pathan Muslims of Junagadh are really good people but Papu was contaminated by the Nehru family. So now Papu wants to get photo opportunity in UP with Dalits who are causing trouble by Mawali Mayawati. Get the out of UP?
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      Vikram Chhabra
      May 28, 2017 at 4:07 am
      Oye Chintu..tu bangkok ja..maze le
      1. R
        Ramesh Nittoor
        May 28, 2017 at 5:24 am
        Rahul once called himself a Brahmin in Rediff, don't think he has the missionary mindset of pitting Dalits against upper castes. He has been influenced greatly by Communist thoughts, he said so in the context of fight for Tribal right against mining in Orissa. Hopefully he will get back to original Congress policies, thereby gain credibility and acceptance of folks like you. Epicurean lifestyle is not a disqualified in modern living, think it ought to be their personal preference, or is it for you?
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        Ramesh Nittoor
        May 28, 2017 at 3:27 am
        Mr. hi has a historical responsibility to unify Congress and firm up left of Center polity. To do so he needs a new political construct, a new image which gains him acceptance of people from all sections of society. Congress used to be party which received support from all walks of life. First, he has to get rid of Marxist inspired strategy of secular-communal divide, and pits him against RSS. That stage of development is over, and communal threat receded. Congress needs to be enabler of modernizing all religion, work to eliminate caste inequalities, not take sides but find ways to reduce inter-caste friction. Congress strategy has to become a unifier in all contexts, thereby emerge as a platform party, and this effort modernizes society via fusion of cultures and stress on scientific temper. It requires a restrained approach to avoid politics of manipulative or opportunistic division. By appea to best in every voter, Congress magic can winand make India a better place.
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          Ramesh Nittoor
          May 28, 2017 at 3:41 am
          Hindustaniyat the core ethos of Congress is distinct and a wider social perspective than Bharatiyata. The sensibilities contained in it is quite sophisticated and is the basis of Hindi cinema, much of modern Indian literature and arts. Mr. hi can do well to epitomize its nurturing and humanistic spirit which is also super tough to counter any threat from within and from elsewhere. Much of modern India has been built with this kind of sensibility, and a sensible and a sounds strategy is necessary for market economy to thrive, economy of India to take off in a twin-engine mode, of Hindustaniyat and Bharatiyata, post-GST. Mr. Rahul hi deserves to and can win a special place in hearts of every Indian and all OCI Indians.
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            Ramesh Nittoor
            May 28, 2017 at 3:46 am
            If this is done, I believe the strife in Jammu and Kashmir can be contained and gradually shall cease, and India be able to eventually regain w of it. Plus Indian economy in its twin engine mode shall hit a sustainable double digit growth rate for the long haul.
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              Ramesh Nittoor
              May 28, 2017 at 5:11 am
              Pandit Nehru died on 27th May, 1964, but his spirit has been alive, not sure whether instead of a postive polity which Nehru practiced, even introduced Vajpayee as future PM of India to Prez Kennedy, all rightist youth are turning virulent anti-Nehru. Congress needs to preserve the legacy of magnanimity and large heart, बड़ा दिल, and the cultural ethos which made much of modern India and ushered hunger free nation with green revolution, after centuries of famines. This will keep legacy of Nehru, Subhash, and all congressmen of yesteryears alive.
          2. M
            May 27, 2017 at 11:28 pm
            People are giving thumbs up to Modi Team and Rahul says Govt. Spreading "fear". Even a quarter wit can work out who is getting scared! hi's are the new "Nizam of Hyderabad" - they are history!!
            1. A
              May 27, 2017 at 11:16 pm
              With all due respect for the Nehru/ Ghandi family Rahul hi is actually the black sheep of the distinguished Jawarhlal Nehru dynasty. He is a shameless politician who preys on corpses like a vulture
              1. I
                May 28, 2017 at 3:08 am
                Respect to Nehru hi? R u even human? Forget being Indian or a Hindu.
              2. Y
                May 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm
                Dalit lived in real fear during Congress rule. They now feel secure that a OBC is PM. The logical content in this statement is as correct as in your statements.
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                  Chandu Shah
                  May 27, 2017 at 10:54 pm
                  Attention seeking has totally failed. He has not got anything better to do. When will he learn?
                  1. G
                    May 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm
                    When will he learn to keep his mouth shut. Finger on your lips and stand against the wall.
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