A day after the Election Commission issued him a showcause notice for his remark that the BJP pits Hindus and Muslims into fighting one another, Rahul Gandhi repeated that statement Monday. He continued his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of “abusing” his political opponents out of the frustration of losing and asked why he no longer talks of “achche din”.
Winding up his Bihar campaign in Araria of Seemanchal, Rahul said Modi and BJP leaders initially talked about development but, after seeing Bihar’s well-built highways and railway lines, BJP leaders now talk about Pakistan and focus on making one Indian fight another. “Elections are in Bihar and they are talking about Pakistan,” he said referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s statement that crackers will be burst in Pakistan if the BJP loses in Bihar. “When in villages two people fight and one of them realises he will be beaten up badly, he runs away abusing the other. This is happening in Bihar now.”
In Delhi, Congress spokesman Anand Sharma defended the statement Rahul has been making, saying there is “nothing wrong” in it as it is part of the political discourse. Sharma said the prime minister should have been given a notice instead as his speeches in Bihar have sown “seeds for dividing people by selectively targeting the minority community”. Sharma added the EC should “not have allowed blatant misuse of machinery by the prime minister” either.
In Araria, Rahul attacked Modi: “Modi comes on television saying Make in India, Make in India, Make in India… annoying everyone. But Babbar Sher has not given anybody jobs… Yes, big people: Modi’s friends are getting contracts and are making money.”
Referring to Union minister V K Singh’s remark about dogs, he said Modi did not take any action. “He does not do anything. If you go to Maharashtra, Biharis are beaten up by BJP and RSS activists. They make Hindus and Muslims fight one another. They will make Sikhs fight. Because they know that without making them fight, they cannot win elections,” he said.
Rahul addressed three rallies in the Seemanchal region. The Congress is contesting 12 of the 24 seats in the region, where the BJP could not win in the Lok Sabha elections as the Congress, the RJD and the NCP took the seats.