Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reached strife-torn Saharanpur on Saturday along with senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar, even as ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra said earlier in the day that he will be stopped at Saharanpur border if he tries to enter the district. The police did try to stop the Congress vice-president but the latter adamantly reached the clash-affected area to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi addressed a short press conference, where he took on the Modi government for oppressing minorities. He said he will be going back because the administration has requested him, but will be shown around the villages once the situation improves.
Rahul Gandhi Saharanpur visit highlights:
4:00 pm: In J&K when there’s peace, India stands to gain, but when there’s violence, Pakistan stands to gain, says R Gandhi.
3:50 pm: Govt has failed on law and order in UP. Everybody in country who is not powerful is scared and this is not the way to run a country: R Gandhi
3:45 pm: The administration has requested me so I will be going back, but they have said they will take me to villages once the situation improves, says Rahul.
3:35 pm: Everybody in the country who is not powerful is scared and this is not the way to run a country, says Rahul.
3:32 pm: The government only listens to suit-boot type people, not poor, says Rahul Gandhi.
3:31 pm: The national government is spreading fear across the country. Dalits are being oppressed. This is not only in Saharanpur but all over India, Rohit Vemula was oppressed and everyday crores of people are being oppressed: Rahul
3:10 pm: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi in Saharanpur, along with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar.
3:09 pm: After meeting the locals, Rahul could be seen engaged in an altercation with the police force where he questioned them as to on what grounds he was not allowed to enter Saharanpur.
3:05 pm: Don’t say that you could have stopped me at the border: Rahul Gandhi to Police