Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday put Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in his line of fire declaring that they will soon see the strength of India as the entire opposition will unite within a year to prove that the country will not be run by just three persons.
Addressing an OBC convention in New Delhi, Gandhi said the country has become slave to a handful of BJP-RSS leaders but the situation was about to change.
“Today, our nation has become slave to two-three leaders of the BJP and the RSS. The entire opposition is getting together in six months to a year and Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Mohan Bhagwat will see the strength of India,” he said at the event organised by the party’s OBC cell at the Talkatora Stadium. “They will understand that India cannot be run by only three people. India will be run by people of the country.”
He alleged that everyone, including MPs in the BJP, were afraid to speak out as they were not allowed to speak. “Only the RSS is heard,” he said.
Ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections the Congress chief tried to woo the OBC community that comprises over half the country’s population, saying India’s oldest party recognises the strength of the backward classes and wants to empower them by bringing them forward in politics. For 70 years, the Congress party had stood by the OBC community and it would continue to strive for its rights, Gandhi added.
“The Congress party puts people in a bus, gives them the key and tells them to drive it. The BJP puts people in the bus, tells them to be silent and lets the RSS drive the bus,” he said.
He took a swipe at the prime minister and said there was no dearth of skills in the country. Those from the backward classes are endowed with skills but not given an opportunity to move forward.
“People who really work are confined to the back room, but the profit of their labour is enjoyed by others. India’s prime minister says there is dearth of skills in the country. This is not true. There is no dearth of skills in the OBC community,” he said.
“The truth is that there is no respect for the skills you have. The truth is that the doors of banks and politics are closed to you,” he told the gathering.
The Congress chief asked why banks were not open to farmers and small businesses as there were enough skills amongst those in the OBC community but who are unable to make it big in the absence of capital.
Gandhi also alleged that the Modi government had ignored the interests of farmers but helped a small group of industrialists by waiving loans amounting to nearly Rs 2.5 lakh crore. “People with skills are not rewarded in India … farmers work hard but you don’t see them in the office of Modi-ji,” he said.
The Congress president claimed that non-performing assets of banks had gone up to Rs 10 lakh crore. “Rs 2.5 lakh crore were given to 15 industrialists. But the farmer got nothing…the loan waiver was for 15 people but not for the farmer who continues to commit suicide… his children keep crying,” Gandhi said.
Last week in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi made a similar a pitch in an address to farmers saying “Modi will only waive loans of rich industrialists and refused to waive farmers’ loans when I requested him.”