Rahul Gandhi Cautions The BJP That Opposition Uniting Against It



New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the present dispensation by saying that just three people cannot run the country and that the Opposition was getting united against the current government. He went on to name those three people — Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Gandhi was speaking at an event organised by the Congress party’s Other Backward Classes (OBC) cell. Called the OBC Sammelan (gathering), it was held at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium. “All of the Opposition is uniting, and, within a time frame of six to seven months or a year, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Mohan Bhagwat will realise the strength of India. They will realise that only three people cannot run the country,” Gandhi said.

In his speech, Gandhi also alleged that the RSS was conspiring to divide the OBCs, so that a divided community loses its power to negotiate. “RSS is a force working to divide the people. It wants to drive a wedge in the OBC community,” Gandhi alleged.

He also said if India has to progress, the bulk of the population cannot be disrespected and that the Congress party was committed to empowering members of the OBC community. “The Congress will deliver what is your right. We will stand by you wherever you need us,” Gandhi said. He promised that the OBC community would see better treatment from the Congress than they have received from the RSS and the BJP.

“The Congress party will bring you in Vidhan Sabhas, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha,” said Gandhi. “We wish to empower you. We will not put you in a bus with a ‘do not disturb’ board, but will hand over the keys to you.”

Gandhi attacked Modi’s policies, arguing they were not meritocratic. He said systems in foreign countries had allowed the humble to prosper and likened the founder of Coca-Cola to a “shikanji seller”, which earned him ridicule on social media.

The BJP has also been working to cultivate support among the OBCs, particularly the non-Yadav backward communities IN? who are both under-represented and underprivileged.

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