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Congress antithesis of Gandhian thought, Mahatma wanted it disbanded: PM Modi

In the post, Modi also referred to the "key role" of Sardar Patel in the planning of the Dandi March. "The organisational man that he was, Sardar Patel planned every minute aspect of the Dandi March, down to the last detail," he added.

Congress antithesis of Gandhian thought, Mahatma wanted it disbanded: PM Modi on Dandi March anniversary
Mahatma Gandhi leading Volunteers of the INC during the historic Dandi March 1930. Express archive photo

On the day when the Congress top leaders meet for a strategy session in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the “Congress culture” and said, “the anti-thesis of Gandhian thought is the Congress culture.” Marking the anniversary of Bapu’s 1930 Dandi March, also known as Salt March, Modi targeted the Congress for putting the “dynasty first”, even though Gandhi ‘despised’ dynastic politics.

In a blog titled ‘When a handful of salt shook an Empire!’, Modi accused the Congress of violating Gandhian principles like – detachment, democracy and equality. “Gandhi Ji had understood the Congress culture very well, which is why he wanted the Congress disbanded, especially after 1947,” he wrote in the blog, published on Tuesday morning.

The prime minister began his blog referring to the “key role” of Sardar Patel in the planning of the Dandi March. ( When Gandhi was planning the Salt March, the British government on March 7, 1930, had arrested Sardar Patel, who was planning the route for him, in an attempt to discourage Gandhi from taking out the march)

Modi explains: “The organisational man that he was, Sardar Patel planned every minute aspect of the Dandi March, down to the last detail. And, the British were so scared of Sardar Sahib that they arrested him a few days before the launch of Dandi March hoping it would scare Gandhi Ji. However, none of that happened. The larger cause of fighting colonialism prevailed over everything else.”

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Modi, who is leading ruling BJP’s campaign for the April-May elections, also said that his government had followed Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings in all aspects in the last five years. “Gandhi Ji taught us to think of the plight of the poorest person we have seen and think about how our work impacts that person. I am proud to say that in all aspects of our Government’s work, the guiding consideration is to see how it will alleviate poverty and bring prosperity,” he wrote.

“Thankfully, today we have a Government at the Centre that is working on Bapu’s path and a Jan Shakti that is fulfilling his dream of freeing India from the Congress Culture,”he writes.

Slamming the Congress, Modi said: “Sadly, the anti-thesis of Gandhian thought is the Congress culture.”

He quoted Mahatma Gandhi’s lines to drive home his charge that the Congress had gone against what the Father of Nation had stood for. Quoting him on how free India should realise and carry on the mission of brotherhood of man. “In many of his works, Gandhi Ji said that he does not believe in inequality and caste divisions. Sadly, Congress has never hesitated from dividing society. The worst caste riots and anti-Dalit massacres happened under Congress rule,” he alleged.

According to Modi, the Congress had become corrupt while his government has done everything to punish the corrupt. “Bapu said in 1947, “It is the duty of all leading men, whatever their persuasion or party, to safeguard the dignity of India. That dignity can’t be saved if misgovernment and corruption flourish. Misgovernment and corruption always go together.” We have done everything to punish the corrupt. But, the nation has seen how Congress and corruption have become synonyms.

“Name the sector and there will be a Congress scam- from defence, telecom, irrigation, sporting events to agriculture, rural development and more,”the Prime Minister writes.

While Mahatma Gandhi had spoken about detachment and staying away from excess wealth, “ all that Congress has done is to fill their own bank accounts and lead luxurious lifestyles at the cost of providing basic necessities to the poor,”he said.

Pointing out that Gandhi had objected to nepotism, Modi said: “Bapu despised dynastic politics but the ‘Dynasty First’ is the way for the Congress today.”

At a time when the Congress and other opposition parties criticise the BJP and the government for destroying democratic institutions, the Prime Minister accuses the Congress of trampling over democratic spirit. “Ironically, the Congress gave the nation the Emergency, when our democratic spirit was trampled over. The Congress misused Article 356 several times. If they did not like a leader, that Government was dismissed. Always eager to promote dynastic culture, Congress has no regard for democratic values.”

According to Modi, Gandhi had understood the Congress culture very well, which is why he wanted the Congress disbanded, especially after 1947. Modi writes: “He lamented, “I am sorry to have to say that many Congressmen have looked upon this item (Swaraj) as a mere political necessity and not as something indispensable.” He also added that Congress leaders are only busy making communal adjustments. In 1937 itself he said, “I would go to the length of giving the whole congress a decent burial, rather than put up with the corruption that is rampant.”