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‘Leopard-like ruthless’ Modi out to kill democracy: Harish Rawat; BJP fires graft salvo at ‘loud-mouthed’ ex-CM

The Congress has to win its fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is ruthless “like a hyena and a leopard” and out to kill constitutional democracy in the country, former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said on Tuesday.

dehradun Updated: Jul 24, 2018 23:15 IST
Kalyan Das
Kalyan Das
Hindustan Times
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Former chief minister Harish Rawat and other Uttarakhand Congress leaders welcome party state in-charge Anugrah Narayan Singh (in garland) in Dehradun on Tuesday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

The Congress has to win its fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is ruthless “like a hyena and a leopard” and out to kill constitutional democracy in the country, former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said on Tuesday.

“Congress is fighting a person at the Centre who is like a hyena and a leopard and is bound to kill the constitutional democracy of the country in a ruthless manner. Congress has to win the fight and save constitutional democracy,” the newly appointed AICC general secretary said at an event to mark the first visit of Congress state in-charge Anugrah Narayan Singh to Dehradun.

Reacting to the former CM’s statements, state BJP president Ajay Bhatt said, “Rawat has always been loud-mouthed and he should first do some soul-searching before accusing BJP of destroying constitutional democracy.”

Bhatt said Rawat has no right to speak about “saving democracy” as he had been caught offering bribe worth crores to an MLA to save his government in 2017. “Apart from this, everybody knows what Indira Gandhi did in 1975 when she declared emergency. The Congress is not able to digest the achievements of the BJP government at the Centre.”

Attacking the PM, Rawat said, “Modi has imbibed the qualities of Ravan and is busy abducting all the achievements of the Congress rule; he is distorting the history of this country.”

Modi once said that the governments in the past 65 years were against Hindus, Rawat said. “In that case, he (Modi) even termed Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government as anti-Hindu. If there is be a competition for lying, then Modi would defeat others by miles.”

The former CM called the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as mother of all elections. “Congress will have to win this mother of all elections, or else BJP will kill democracy. The 2019 elections will see the second birth of the country’s son, named democracy,” Rawat said. “At present the major question is whether this constitutional democracy would survive, which seems to be in grave danger under BJP rule.”

Rawat urged Congress leaders and workers to sink differences to win 2019 elections and make Rahul Gandhi the prime minister.

Addressing the event organised by the Uttarakhand Congress Committee, leader of opposition in assembly Indira Hriyadesh called for a united fight against the BJP.

“Congress is not afraid of any party; internal differences will only make the Congress weak. I urge leaders not to fight on social media but to settle their differences through talks and unite for the party,” she said.

A few days ago, differences between Hriyadesh and Rawat were reported in the media when they made statements against each other.

The event was attended by state Congress president Pritam Singh, vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana, state media co-ordinator Dhirendra Pratap Singh and senior party leaders.

First Published: Jul 24, 2018 23:14 IST