The Congress today launched ‘Save the Constitution’ campaign at a time when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is holding “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” across the country under which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked party MPs and MLAs to spend a night in Dalit-dominated villages.
Rahul Gandhi quoted Prime Minister Modi’s statement from his book Karmyog and said:
“In his book ‘Karmayog‘, the Prime Minister has justified manual scavenging by calling it a ‘spiritual experience’ for the Valmiki community. This speaks volumes about his anti-Dalit mindset. He thinks that a person from backward class who cleans toilets and gutters gets spiritual happiness. It’s their (BJP) thinking, not Congress,” reported ANI.
Taking a swipe at Modi, Gandhi said the former is interested only in how he can become the prime minister again, that he sees “spirituality” in his pursuit of power.
“Pakode banane me spirituality hoti hai, toilet cleaning me bhi…par Modi ji ko bas pradhan mantri banne me spirituality hoti hai (There is spirituality in making pakodas, in toilet cleaning but for Modi ji it is only in becoming prime minister,” the Congress president said amid laughter from the audience.
Going full throttle, he alleged that institutions were being packed with people who believed in the RSS’s ideology. Trying to project Congress as guardians of the Constitution and of Dalits, Rahul Gandhi’s barbs were directed at PM Modi, but when the party workers started shouting, ‘Pradhan Mantri murdabad’, he stopped them saying Congress party does not believe in such an ideology
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He continued his blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the country could burn, girls may be raped and the rights of scheduled castes and minorities be under a threat, but Modi was merely interested in becoming the prime minister again.
Rahul Gandhi also said, ‘PM Modi can’t face me in Parliament’, dare him to a ’15-minute debate’.
Challenging the Prime Minister to a 15-minutes debate, Gandhi said, ‘I will grill him on Rafael deal and Nirav Modi issues. PM Modi will not be able to speak in front of me.’ The Congress has organized the rally to ‘highlight the purported “attacks on the Constitution and Dalits” under the BJP-led government.
Amit Shah quickly hit back saying Rahul Gandhi was trying to save the dynasty and Sambit Patra termed Rahul Gandhi as a failed politician.
Rahul Gandhi is a failed politician. He cannot convince the people of the country about his politics, that is why he has stooped to undermining the institutions of the country in desperation : Dr. @sambitswaraj pic.twitter.com/GqitgwbzWU
— BJP (@BJP4India) April 23, 2018