DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Newly elected AICC President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP, accusing it of spreading hatred and violence in the country, and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to the medieval times.
In his first speech to party workers after formally assuming charge as president, he set the tone for the future course and how the party would take on its arch- rival BJP — “The Congress’s respect for all Indians extends to even the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend.”
Displaying humility, Gandhi said he took over the party reins knowing that he would always be walking in the shadow of giants.
Gandhi also told party workers that they were his family and he would stand and protect all those workers fighting for the oppressed and those on the fringes. He also assured them that their voice would be heard in a new setup under him.
Today, the BJP people are trying to spread fire and violence in the entire country and only the force of lovable Congress workers and leaders can stop them. They break, we unite. They ignite fire, we douse it. They get angry, we love. This is the difference between them and us.
The Gandhi scion said it was very difficult to douse a fire once ignited and that this was exactly what they were trying to make BJP leaders understand. “Once you ignite fire in the country, it will be very difficult to douse it,” he said.
Attacking Modi, he said the Congress took India into the 21st century, while the prime minister today is taking us backward, to a medieval past where people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat.
This ugly violence in the country, he says, has “shamed us” in the world as India’s philosophy and history, born out of love and compassion, are being tarnished by such horror. No amount of hugs can repair the damage done to this great country of ours.