Congress will not let RSS or Narendra Modi ‘impose one idea’ on India
Chennai: The Congress, like-minded parties and the people
will not let the RSS or Prime Minister Narendra Modi “impose one idea” on the
country, AICC Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said on 3rd June, 2017.
“We will never allow silencing of more than a billion Indian
voices... We are not going to stand and watch while they peddle their
ridiculous ideas,” he said. “All of us on the stage, people in the crowd, and
all those watching will not let the RSS or Narendra Modi impose one idea on
this country,” Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said.
Paying rich encomiums to Karunanidhi on his 94th birthday celebrations
and diamond jubilee of his legislative career, he said the nonagenarian leader
was loved by millions of people in Tamil Nadu. Shri Rahul Gandhi, referring to
Karunanidhi’s letters to his party workers in party mouthpiece Murasoli and pointing
to other leaders on the dais, said they listened to the voice of people.
Karunanidhi “did not write about fantasies,” the Congress leader
said, adding he reflected the people’s aspirations and underscored the
importance of Tamil to the whole of India, not just Tamil Nadu.
Asserting that every single leader including Bihar CM Shri Nitish
Kumar and Shri Omar Abdullah valued the Tamil language, he said, “We understand
Tamil language and culture, it makes India stronger.”
He said none of them had the arrogance “to tell you how to
live and what is good for you.”
In an apparent reference to Hindutva, Shri Rahul Gandhi
said, “There is an ideology in India, we all fought and we always fight that
beliefs that they have all answers for everybody in India.”
Referring to the Modi regime, Congress Vice President said they
do not speak or listen to anybody and feel that they have all the answers.
“They do not believe in discussion or conversation crushing opposition to
them,” he said.
Referring to the demonetisation move of the Centre, he said Prime
Minister Narendra Modi decided one day that “1.3 billion people are to be told
that money in their pockets is worthless.”
He said, “Modi does not ask anybody or go to anybody and unilaterally
Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi further said
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently said economic decline had nothing to
do with the demonetisation.
“The entire world is saying that the demonetisation has
wrecked Indian economy. What Shri Jaitley is not telling you is that Modi did
not even ask him about demonetisation that is the way Government of India is
He flayed the BJP-led Centre saying they “believe” that
there is “only one idea, along which India should be run.” He said saffron
party believed that there was only one culture which should run India.
“We completely disagree with them. Every single Indian voice
regardless of who it belongs to have the right to run this country and be part
of this country’s future,” he said.
Thanking DMK working president, Shri Stalin for organising
the meeting, Shri Rahul Gandhi said he had a difficult job to do since he had
to fill the shoes of a “very great man” (referring to Karunanidhi).
“I am happy to say
that he (Stalin) is walking in the right direction and I am confident that one
day we will speak about Stalin the same way we are speaking about his father,”
Shri Rahul Gandhi said.
On Karunanidhi, he said the nonagenarian loving the people who
reciprocated it was the reason for him remaining undefeated in assembly polls
for six decades and it was also the reason for him becoming chief minister five
“When he speaks, it is not only Karunanidhi who is speaking,
it is the voice of the people of Tamil Nadu, it is your voice, when he is in
the assembly, you feel he is expressing your feelings.” He said similarly all
others like NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and West
Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee echo the voice of the people of their
“The idea of India is that all such voices can come out
together and they make India stronger despite differences,” Shri Rahul Gandhi
said. He further added every leader on the dais were absolutely convinced that
wisdom and knowledge lay with the people.
There is ‘politica l
confusion’ in Tami l Nadu: Rahul Gandhi
Chennai: A ‘political confusion’ has prevailed in Tamil Nadu
and the Congress workers should get their act together and seize this
‘opportunity’, party Vice- President Shri Rahul Gandhi said on 4th June, 2017.
“Tamil Nadu in my mind is very important. Here you have the DMK,
the AIADMK, but overall in Tamil Nadu, my feeling and understanding is that
there is a political confusion,” he told party functionaries at TNCC
headquarters in Chennai.
“Do you agree with
that? There is confusion. Youngsters in Tamil Nadu are not able to clearly see
what the future is,” he told the gathering, the sources said.
“I think this is an
opportunity for the Congress party but only if the party grabs this
opportunity,” Gandhi said. Congress Party has been out of power in the state in
the past five decades.
Shri Rahul Gandhi said that he met all the senior leaders on
4th June, 2107 and told them his views clearly. “I said we are a family, our
biggest problem is our family members go and speak to the press instead of
speaking inside (the party),” he said.
At a time when the DMK was leaving no stone unturned to take
on the ruling AIADMK (Amma) over a slew of issues, he said the most important
thing all senior Congress leaders should do was to meet and connect with the
Apparently taking a dig at faction ridden state unit, he
said, the “party (state unit)” says, however, “wait some time, we are preparing,
we are coming... we getting ready to come.”
Shri Rahul Gandhi said that he will be visiting the state
again in one or two months, adding he was ready to come to the districts.
“I want to help you fulfill the dream of a strong Congress party
in Tamil Nadu. My doors are open to you anytime. It is very important for me
that my relationship and my family’s relationship is maintained and becomes
strong (in the state).”
He told the workers not to be worried about what the AIADMK,
the DMK, and the PMK were doing. “Worry about what the Congress is doing and do
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President Su Thirunavukkarasar
and Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy pledged that the party state
unit would work together, the sources said.