Addressing multiple rallies and interactions in Chattisgarh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi spoke about his vision for the future of the state. He said that the Congress party would focus on education, healthcare, and employment. Mr. Gandhi said that whether Dalit or Adhivasi, every citizen of India has to be included in the progress of the country. “Chattisgarh needs a government that has a place for farmers, Adivasis, and Dalits in their hearts,” he said, promising that the Congress would safeguard their rights. If elected to power, he vowed that the Congress party would change the lives of farmers in Chattisgarh in 5 years. Mr. Gandhi accused the BJP government of creating an atmosphere of fear. “They don’t want Dalits, backward classes and women to fulfill their dreams,” he said. The BJP does not think of women as equals, they want women to stay home and cook and Dalits to sweep and clean, none of them should dream of a better future and none of them should question the government, said Mr. Gandhi.
He questioned the government’s stance on not waiving farmer loans, saying that the reason farmers needed their loans waived was that MSP was not increased and the Bhima Yojna was not working and farmers were not receiving compensation. While the Congress party thinks of farmers as the backbone of the country, Mr. Modi considers them a burden, said Mr. Gandhi.
When he came to power, Mr. Modi promised jobs to the youth but employment generation is the lowest it has been in the last eight years. Mr. Modi also promised that everyone would get Rs. 15 lakhs but no one has even received Rs. 10. Is he ready to admit that it was just a jumla? Mr. Gandhi asked what the government has done in the last four years. The youth are unemployed, Dalits and Adivasis are being targetted and killed and farmers are not getting their due. No one has benefited from this government except the BJP and RSS, he asserted.
Questioning the RSS’ attack on the institutions of the country, Mr. Gandhi pointed out that for the first time in 70 years, four Supreme Court judges approached the public for help because they were being intimidated and were not being able to do their jobs. The press, too, had its freedom curtailed and on the other hand, there's Amit Shah, the President of the BJP, who is accused of murder. These things happen in dictatorships, not democracies, said Mr. Gandhi.