Former Congress Speaker Rahul Gandhi on Sunday declared his party’s war on ‘mehengai’ and attacked the NDA government for allegedly creating an atmosphere of fear in the country and spreading hatred and anger among the people .
Rahul’s ‘mehengai par halla bol’ call on Sunday may or may not have sent a wake-up call to the NDA government at the Center, but the impressive spectacle has rekindled the noise for his re-election as party chairman during of the next organization of the Congress. polls.
Speakers who preceded Rahul hailed him as their “leader” and some urged him to assume the post of party chairman. Slogans and placards also made it clear that Rahul may have declined to participate in the party’s presidential race, but the decision was far from sealed.
Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Kamlanath called for strengthening Rahul’s hands while Lok Sabha Congress Chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: “We want Rahul as President… We can see the posters who want Rahul as president. Even so-called G-23 leaders like Bhupinder Singh Hooda raised Rahul zinabad’s slogans before delivering his speech while Mukhul Wasnik described Rahul and Sonia Gandhi as his leader.
Accusing the Narendra Modi government of weakening India over the past eight years, Rahul said the big old party along with other parties will defeat the BJP and RSS ideology.
His statement is significant given Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s call for unity among opposition parties a day earlier. Nitish is due to make a three-day visit to the nation’s capital from Monday to continue his opposition unity agenda to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing the ‘Mehengai par halla bol’ rally at Ram Lila Maidan, Rahul claimed the ruling dispensation is ‘setting India back, spreading hatred and fear’ which would benefit India’s enemies such as China and Pakistan.
“Modi has weakened India for the past eight years. Our economic strength has weakened due to rising prices, unemployment, hatred and fear,” he said.
“It’s an ideological war. Our party along with other parties will defeat the ideology of BJP and RSS,” Rahul said.
Rahul called on the party workers to say “Only Congress workers can save India”.
He also tried to explain why the Congress chose to make a Bharat Jodo Yatra. “The government has closed the roads leading to Parliament. When we try to speak in the Chamber, our microphones are off. So we have to go out to people and tell them the current situation and listen to what others have to say,” Rahul said.
Congress Speaker Sonia was unable to make it to the rally as she is abroad accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi for treatment.
“We have to go straight to the people,” Rahul added, then attacked the media and other agencies for only “working” for the government putting aside all democratic values.
“The media belong to them. We cannot talk to Parliament. Anyone who speaks against Modi, ED, CBI is going wild on them,” he said.
Drawing a parallel between the Congress-led UPA and the current waiver, the Congress leader attempted to argue that if the UPA had waived agricultural loans worth Rs 70,000 crore, the Modi government would have tried to bring 3 black laws.
He said the UPA brought in the MGNREGA but the Prime Minister criticized it. “It is thanks to our MGNREGA that millions of people could find jobs during Covid,” Rahul said.
Rahul also praised the UPA land law and said that while it ended land grabbing, one of the first decisions of the Modi government was to abolish the law, referring to the order that the government issued in 2014 to modify the land law.
“UPA has seen economic progress. We have lifted 27 million people out of poverty. Over the past 8 years, Modi has pushed 23 million people back into poverty. Modi talks about New India, Make in India, but Modi is pushing India backwards, spreading hate and fear. It will benefit our enemies, China and Pakistan,” he said.
“The king takes care of the earnings of his friends, the people suffer from inflation. Today, people have to think ten times before even buying the items they need. Only the Prime Minister is responsible for these problems. We will continue to add voices against inflation and the king will have to listen,” Rahul said.
Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said the party had done all it could to organize a debate on the price hike in parliament and the government had continued to avoid it.
He said the government agreed to a debate after fighting from “Parliament to the streets under the leadership of Rahul”, but had only had five hours to discuss it, of which the Congress had only 28 hours. minutes.
While Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that Modi seems to be allergic to the name of Gandhis and we must convey that they have immense self-respect over Modi or anyone in Another, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel asserted that the ruling BJP is not fighting against rising prices but only fighting against Rahul.