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Violence weapon of weak, Rahul Gandhi’s double attack on CPI(M), RSS-BJP in Kerala

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on both the CPI(M) and the RSS-BJP in Kerala, saying they both used violence whereas the Congress stood by non-violence.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 14, 2019 20:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kozhikode
Rahul Gandhi,CPIM,BJP
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on both the CPI(M) and the RSS-BJP in Kerala, saying they both used violence whereas the Congress stood by non-violence. (ANI)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on both the CPI(M) and the RSS-BJP in Kerala, saying they both used violence whereas the Congress stood by non-violence.

Addressing a rally in Kerala’s Kozhikode, Rahul accused the CPI(M) of killing two youth Congress leaders in Kerala last month. He had earlier in the day visited the families of Kripesh (21) and Sharth Lal (26) and assured that they would get justice.

Recalling their killing, he said, “In a way, both the BJP-RSS and the CPI(M) use violence. Violence is the weapon of the weak. The Congress has always fought violence with non-violence.”

Criticising Kerala’s ruling party — with which his Congress is planning a grand alliance to take on the BJP at the national level — he asked what it did for those affected during the floods in the state last year.

“The only thing CPI(M) is capable of doing is acting violence,” he said and attacked it over job creation and farmers’ welfare and said they have a lot to answer to the people.

“The CPI(M) thinks that it can rule the state by violence. I think it is going to take some more time for the CPI(M) to realise that their ideology is defunct,” he said, and asserted that the Congress will win the Lok Sabha elections this time.

The Congress leader is on a tour of southern states as part of Congress’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

Kerala’s northern district of Kannur has been known for bloody violence between the Left and saffron forces.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said Modi tells people his Mann ki Baat, but gave India’s wealth to 15 of his businessmen friends.

Reiterating his allegation that the Prime Minister had waived off loans worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore of the businessmen, he said the deal was very simple.

“Narendra Modi will tell you his Mann ki Baat. And while he is telling this, he will give them (businessmen friends) all of India’s wealth,” Rahul said.

The Congress president recalled the Pulwama attack — in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish terrorist rammed an explosive laden vehicle into a bus they were in — and said after the attack, Modi was doing a film for the National Geographic channel.

“And while Narendra Modi was being filmed, (Gautam) Adani got six Indian airports as a free gift, including one of your airports,” he told the crowd. “Narendra Modi gave it to him for free.”

The 48-year-old leader also promised that Congress would waive of loans of farmers, bring minimum income guarantee for the poor in the country and reserve 33% jobs for women in government institutions, if his party came to power in the Lok Sabha elections.

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 19:03 IST