'BJP spreading hatred, fear': RaGa launches scathing attack on Modi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said today that his party, unlike BJP, "respects differences of opinion and will protect any dissenters." "However, the BJP neither appreciates different opinions nor does it respect its own elders," he said. Thousands attended his 'Jan Akrosh' rally at Delhi's Ram Lila Maidan, where he asserted that Congress will win in the 2019 elections, and each one before that.
'Wherever I go, I ask people if they are happy'
Gandhi launched a blistering attack on BJP, blaming it for a series of failures by neglecting the people and weakening institutions. "Wherever I go these days, I ask people a simple question: 'Are you happy?' And I get the same answer: 'No'," he said. In contrast, Congress workers were "sher ka bachha (lion cubs)" who had laid their lives for "truth and the country."
'Modi neglecting women, farmers of the country'
Gandhi said the government hadn't written off loans of farmers, but had done so for corporates. "If the Congress didn't stand in his way, PM Modi would have taken every inch of farmland away from farmers." Modi hadn't done anything for women either, he said. "For the first time, an Indian PM has been asked to protect women of the country on foreign soil."
'In 60 months, BJP hurt informal sector, left youths jobless'
He also slammed Modi for remaining mum on Doklam during his China-visit, on the judicial crisis in the SC, and on people's hardships. "PM Modi had said Congress did nothing in 70 years and demanded 60 months for change. I will tell you what he has done in 60 months: he has hurt the backbone of the informal sector, and no jobs to youth."
'People now see through your lies'
Before the rally, Congress declared on its website, "Four years ago, people believed you. Now, they see through your lies. Your silence is also an answer which the nation has heard and rejected. But this anger has now been channelized."
Top party leaders attend crucial Delhi rally
Today's rally, being seen as the launch of Congress' 2019 campaign, was attended by top party leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Captain Amarinder Singh, Harish Rawat and Sheila Dikshit. "Judiciary is passing through an unprecedented crisis, media is being stopped from playing its role...It is a sensitive phase...we'll fight this," Sonia said. At the rally, Rahul Gandhi openly invited all to join Congress.