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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Rahul uses Sardar Patel to attack RSS

Naresh K Thakur/HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, March 21, 2014
First Published: 01:21 IST(21/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:23 IST(21/3/2014)

Dharamsala: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday found in Vallabhbhai Patel the stick to beat Narendra Modi and RSS with.

Launching his party’s poll campaign in Himachal Pradesh, Gandhi indirectly attacked BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for trying to coat Congress stalwart Sardar Patel in saffron. He also used Patel’s description of RSS to underscore its ‘poisonous’ effect on the country.

“The BJP wants to make a statue of Sardar Patel, who served Congress throughout his life,” he said, adding Patel viewed RSS as a ‘poisonous organisation’ whose thinking could destroy the nation.

 The Congress vice-president felt the country could be ruled in two ways — either by adopting Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology of love and brotherhood or by ‘dividing the people and provoking anger’. “The opposition will have to decided which way they want to go. They profess dharma but always go the other way,” Gandhi said, adding one needs a broader vision to rule a divergent, multi-cultural country like India.

Without naming Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani, the Congress vice-president slammed the BJP for its regressive approach. “The two senior leaders opposed in parliament when (former Prime Minister)Rajiv Gandhi talked about computers and cell phones. They said these would ruin the country and its youth and farmers,” he said.

Gandhi also listed the UPA government’s achievements in the last 10 years.

“Congress gave 15 crore BPL people the right to work. We gave Right to Information Act to empower common people and introduced FDI in retail sector to ensure farmers get their due,” he said.


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