Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi: ‘Emperor is naked but nobody has the courage to tell him’

Describing current situation as "strangulation of reality", Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi accused the government of crushing people's voices and trampling the poor and weak. He also attacked the ruling dispensation on demonetisation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2017 8:53 am
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Continuing his tirade against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS want India to surrender its voice. “What is happening today is the systematic capture of India’s democratic institutions. By the PM, bureaucrats and the RSS,” Gandhi said. Taking on the prime minister directly, Gandhi said, “The emperor is completely naked but nobody around him has the courage to tell him.”

Describing the current situation in the country as “strangulation of reality”, Gandhi accused the government of crushing people’s voices and trampling the poor and weak.

“BJP wants to paint a lie over India so that they can return it to an age of kings and no questions, where people were humiliated by power; where people’s voices were crushed, where the poor and weak were trampled upon. Where millions of Indians were untouchables,” he said while addressing a conference at Karnataka government’s ‘Quest for Equity’ event to mark the birth anniversary of founding father BR Ambedkar.

The Congress leader attacked the ruling dispensation on a wide range of issues. On demonetisation, Gandhi said the government called the economic policy as “a stroke of genius” publicly while they called it “insanity” privately.

“Thousands of businesses are wiped out due to demonetization, hundreds die, but instead of speaking to the Parliament, Modi spoke to Coldplay,” he said.

Last year, PM Modi had announced the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from public use with an aim to curb the menace of black money, fake currency, terror funding and corruption. The move was criticised as it left the country reeling under severe cash crunch and adversely affected the economy.

Commenting on the ongoing agrarian crisis, Gandhi accused the government of neglecting the plight of farmers.

“The government can silently forgive any amount of corporate debt, but farmers are forgiven nothing. Farmers commit suicide and the state looks away,” he said.

He also highlighted the atrocities committed against the minorities. “They say Rohit Vemula committed suicide. I call it murder. He was murdered by the indignities he suffered. He was killed because he was a Dalit.” Vemula, a research scholar, had committed suicide on the Hyderabad Central University campus last year. His death triggered widespread protests across the country.

“Mohammad Akhlaq is butchered because they say he stole a calf. It was a lie. Instead of questioning his brutal killing they ask whether the meat in the fridge was mutton or beef,” he added. Akhlaq was lynched at Bisada village in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri district in September 2015.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    B N Ramamurti
    Aug 16, 2017 at 8:43 am
    Apart from accusations and counter accusations ( in the political arena of India), the need of the hour is to save the country from the escalating danger behind famine and farmers' suicides. We are already witnessing the RICE BOWLS of Thanjavur and Mandia staring at the clouds with the BEGGING BOWL in their hands! This is the outcome of Climate Change, for which the major cause is fossil oils. The only answer for this, lies in the weapon of Bio Diesel, to replace fossil oils both in National interest and in serving a global cause. This has been endorsed, with consensus, at the U N Climate meet COP21, at Paris (2015). In the aftermath of COP 21, we have seen the spate of divestment from the are of fossil energy, the trend continuing. In this context, the tremendous effort of the then Prime Minister A B Vajpaye ( during 2000- 2004) on the developmental work for this Bio diesel, at National level ( based on a policy decision) needs review and revival. Who will initiate action?
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    1. Lokesh Venkatrao
      Aug 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm
      Is it naked Raga telling about people around him?
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      1. Nimaicharan Khuntia
        Jul 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm
        Eating cow meat leads to loss of thinking power, says Congress religious cell convener On July 2, Mumbai Congress chief and former party MP Sanjay Nirupam, who is considered close to party VP Rahul Gandhi, formed the Mumbai Sant Mahant Congress to “resolve the problems the Hindu temples and mutts and their priests were facing in Mumbai”. If it's 100 true then shall we take it granted that RaGa is Eating cow meat which leads to loss of his thinking power day by day.
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          M Kumar
          Jul 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm
          Why Rahul does not answer murder of innocent people in Kerala and failure of state machinery in K'nataka when Kalburgi was murdered ? Because these states are ruled by non BJP parties and he is clueless how to implicate BJP in it. Furthermore, arrest and murder of Vemula likes in Bengal also does not disturb him because these are petty hindus over which politics cannot be done and if done, it will implicate Mamta not BJP. Similarly he is completely clueless when people of Akhlaq community kill his own community army man and DSP because again Akhlaq likes will be culprit. So it is obvious that Rahul's outburst is quite selective and need not be taken seriously. And in fact, who takes him seriously other than her "momma".
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            s s nair
            Jul 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm
            Killing any where any body is bad. Mahatma was killed, Indira Gandhi was killed, Rajiv gandhi was killed. Several lives were lost in riots on several occasions. Even now jawans are beheaded by our enemy country. We have a govt, do we? If we have a strong govt. will anybody dare to kill our jawans. Why no one is speaking. Why all are speaking about death of cow and not humans.
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          2. Atsn Liar
            Jul 23, 2017 at 11:15 am
            All intelligent and fair-minded Indians should continue to make sure the Dalits, the Muslims, all women and other minorities are treated fairly if they wish to see India Shining with pride and glory !
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