Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi trained his guns at Narendra Modi on Sunday after the party posted its best result in Bihar in 20 years, saying the people will throw the Prime Minister out if he didn’t press on the accelerator.
“Your car stopped running a year ago. Start the car, press on the accelerator. If you don’t, people will throw you out,” a beaming Gandhi told reporters outside the party’s Delhi headquarters as the grand alliance headed for a thumping victory in Bihar.
“He (Modi) should stop travelling abroad and instead meet farmers and youth and start working for them,” he said, taking a dig at Modi over his foreign visits. “This is a defeat of hatred, arrogance & anger. I want Modiji to tone down his arrogance, it will be good for him and the nation.”
The Congress fought the elections in alliance with chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal of Lalu Prasad and was leading on 27 seats, a six-fold increase over its previous tally of four seats.
Congratulating Kumar and Prasad, Gandhi said the victory was not against the NDA but against the ideology of the RSS and BJP.
While Congress president Sonia Gandhi telephoned Kumar and Prasad to congratulate them, party workers burst crackers at the party headquarters to celebrate the “grand” victory.
Rahul Gandhi also hit out at the BJP for its allegedly divisive campaign. “This is a victory of love over hate. The message from Bihar is echoing all over -- the PM should listen and try to understand -- Modi, BJP and RSS cannot divide this country, cannot win elections by pitting Hindus against Muslims. The nation belongs to all.”
His brother-in-law Robert Vadra also posted a congratulatory message on Facebook. “Congratulations to the secular forces standing together for the change needed in the country. This will give hope n uplift the sentiment in the country. My best wishes,” he said.
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Gandhi said the victory in the state is not against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but against the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as he congratulated Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
“This is a defeat of hatred, arrogance and anger. I want Modiji to tone down his arrogance… It will be good for him and the nation.”
“This is a victory of love over hate,” he said.
Coming down heavily on the BJP for its alleged divisive campaign in the elections, he said the message of the elections is that the Modi government and the saffron party cannot divide the nation.