Attacking the Modi government over its policies and decision, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the Centre is trying scare people but his party stands with them and they don’t need to fear. Speaking at Congress convention at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi, Gandhi said his party’s symbol (hand) is omnipresent in every religion and it signifies that people of any religion should not fear the government as Congress is with them.
“I found Congress symbol in Shiv ji, Gurunanak, Buddha, Mahavir’s pictures. I asked Karan Singh ji what does it mean? He said ‘daro mat’ sachhayi ka saamna karo’,” said Gandhi adding, “Congress philosophy says ‘daro mat’, and the other philosophy says ‘daro aur darao'”.
“Policies introduced by the Congress have helped the people of this country to be fearless,” Gandhi said. “But what has (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji done? He has made farmers of the country fear and also said that I shall snatch your land if you don’t listen to me,” Gandhi said, referring to the land acquisition act.
“If there is any natural calamity then also the government won’t give any compensation to farmers. If any tribal man stands and says that it is my land, forest or home, he is shot dead,” Gandhi alleged.
“Whether it is Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, wherever they go they spread fear,” the Congress leader said, referring to the BJP-ruled states. “It is a clash between two philosophies. Congress says ‘daro mat’ (don’t fear), BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) says ‘daro aur darao’ (create fear and frighten),” Gandhi said, adding, “wherever we (Congress) go we spread the message of fearlessness”.
Taking a dig at the prime minister, Gandhi said, “Modi ji ne kya kiya? kaha ki mera naam Narendra Modi hai aur mai tumse tumhari (farmers) zameen chheen sakta hoon. I told them daro mat. Ye desh akalmand desh hai, angrezon ko bhagaya hai. Chaand tak mission bhej diya hai. (What did Modi do? He said My Name is Narendra Modi and I can snatch your land. This is a country of intelligent people. We have thrown Britishers out of the country. Sent mission on mood, we won’t be fooled by Modiji)”
Hitting out at Modi’s demonetisation policy, Gandhi said, “Crores of people were standing in lines, did you find any corrupt person there? The corrupt ones were at the bank’s backdoor.” He also recited an old song featuring Amitabh Bachchan to describe the demonetisation policy. “Ram naam japna, gareeb ka maal apna- ye philosophy hai suit-boot ki sarkar ki; isi se aapko ladna hai,” said Gandhi.
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He also woed that his party will save the country from the hatred being spread by the RSS and the BJP government. “RSS aur BJP desh ko barbaad kar rahi hain, nafrat faila kar, DeMonetisation implement karke desh ko barbaad kar rahe hain. Hum aapko bachaynegy (RSS and BJP is destroying the social fabric of this country by spreading hatred, by implementing demonetisation. But Congress will rescue this country),” said Gandhi.
Congress Party’s Jan Vedna Sammelan was called to highlight the ‘misfortunes’ caused to the people of India due to the demonetisation move by Prime Minister Modi on November 8 last year.