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RSS disempowering women, we are fighting its ideology: Rahul Gandhi in Meghalaya

Congress president says the party will change the structure of Goods and Service Tax if it comes back to power at the Centre in 2019.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2018 14:37 IST
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Meghalaya that goes to polls on February 27.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Meghalaya that goes to polls on February 27. (ANI)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the party was fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for spreading their ideology across the country.

Addressing a programme at St. Edmund’s College in election-bound, the Congress president said, “The (BJP and RSS) idea is that one form of thinking is imposed on the country. What the BJP and RSS are doing all over India, particularly in North-East, is attempting to undermine your culture, language and the way of life.”

The polling for the 60-member Meghalaya assembly will take place on February 27 along with Nagaland. The results will be declared on March 3.

If the BJP forms its government in Meghalaya, then there would be a threat to the state’s culture, religion and way of living, Rahul said.

The Congress president claimed the RSS was only interested in disempowering women and giving more power to men.

“In our society, women have a very large space. They play a crucial role in decision making and running things. However, the RSS does not believe in women’s rights and give more power to men to dominate without fear in the society”.

“RSS idea is aimed at disempowering women. Does anyone know many leadership positions are with women in RSS? Zero. If you see a picture of Mahatma Gandhi, you’ll find women on this side (right), this side (left). But, if you see a picture of Mohan Bhagwat, he’ll be alone or surrounded by men,” Rahul said.

‘Will change GST structure if voted to power’

Rahul Gandhi said the structure of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) would undergo changes if his party came back to power at the Centre in 2019.

“We had proposed a different GST structure. The products that common people use should be out of the tax bracket and there should be only one layer of tax. But, the BJP told us to mind our own business and said we were going ahead with our own version of GST,” he said, adding the complicated structure of GST was harming the common people.

He criticised the BJP’s attitude of ignoring small and medium businesses.

“The BJP’s focus on 10-15 business people is totally wrong. Big businesses get a lot of support,” Rahul said.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 17:57 IST

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