Rahul Gandhi was addressing a â€˜Save the Constitutionâ€™ rally in Keralaâ€™s Kalpetta. (Photo Credit: Ruchira Chaturvedi/Congress/Twitter)
As nation paid sombre homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 72nd death anniversary, former Congress chief and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi equated Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Father of Nation’s assassin Nathuram Godse. Addressing a ‘Save the Constitution’ rally in Kerala’s Kalpetta, Gandhi said that, “Nathuram Godse and Narendra Modi believe in the same ideology, there is no difference except Narendra Modi does not have the guts to say he believes in Godse.” Explaining his statement, Gandhi said that, “Nathuram Godse shot Mahatma Gandhi because he did not believe in himself, he loved no one, he cared for nobody, he believed in nobody and that is the same with our Prime Minister, he only loves himself, only believes in himself.”
Amid the ongoing anti-CAA protests, Gandhi also blamed the ruling leadership for divisive politics. Ahead of the Union Budget, Gandhi also spoke about job crisis and other issues.
“Notice that whenever you ask Narendra Modi about unemployment and jobs, he suddenly distracts attention. NRC and CAA are not going to get jobs, the situation in Kashmir and burning Assam are not going to get jobs for our youth,” Gandhi added. Talking about the protests over the citizenship laws, Gandhi said that, “Indians are being made to prove that they are Indians, who is Narendra Modi to decide if I am Indian? Who has given him the licence to decide who is Indian and who is not? I know I am an Indian & I do not have to prove it to anybody.”
Earlier on January 28, Gandhi also addressed a rally in Jaipur where he attacked the Modi government for economic slowdown. Slamming the Prime Minister over economic slowdown, Gandhi said the government had failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs. “PM Modi had promised 2 crore jobs, but last year our youth lost 1 crore jobs. Wherever PM goes he talks of CAA, NRC but the biggest issue of unemployment is not mentioned, PM doesn't even speak a word on it,” Gandhi said. Reviving the note ban debate, Gandhi said, “Even today ask an 8-year-old, did demonetisation benefit you or harm you? Child will say harm. Earlier, we were competing with China but now sadly, China has left us far behind. The whole world knows if there is anyone who can rival China, it is India's youth.”
Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of tarnishing India's image as a country where peace prevailed and urged the youth not to let their voice be suppressed. “The reputation and image that India had in the world was that it is a country of brotherhood, love and unity, while Pakistan was known for hatred and divisiveness. This image of India has been damaged by Narendra Modi. Today, India is considered as rape capital of the world.”