On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti – 150th Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary - the Congress party will hold its working committee meeting in Maharashtra’s Wardha to mark the beginning of the celebrations with the message against “hate and violence” prevailing in the country, AICC Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot said Wednesday.
Party president Rahul Gandhi, who will be present at the Sevagram Ashram in Wardha, has decided to take Mahatma Gandhi’s peace message to all homes in states, districts, blocks and villages of Maharashtra, Gehlot told reporters.
The event “will begin from October 2 from Wardha Sevagram Ashram, where the Congress Working Committee will meet. At the ashram, there will be a prayer meeting, a ‘shanti’ (peace) march, and a public meeting in which Rahul ji will give his message,” Gehlot said.
The Congress leader alleged that anti-peace force are politicising Mahatma Gandhi’s name.
“Now fascist forces have have started taking the name of Mahatma Gandhi. Those who do not believe in democracy, those who believe in violence, these forces are indulging in politics over his name,” he said.
Gehlot said that every household in the country today is living in fear. Hence, the need for a message to wipe out the “atmosphere of fear, hate and violence”.
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“In my entire political career, I have never seen such a political atmosphere—every family, every household is living in fear, there is an atmosphere of hate, there is an atmosphere of violence, innocents are being killed, the economy has collapsed, farmers are committing suicide,” he alleged.