Rahul trashes Modi’s Swachh Bharat Campaign, says he spreads poison of communalism
NEW DELHI: The Congress accused Prime Minister
Narendra Modi of spreading the ‘poison’ of communalism and asked party men to
fight those out to demolish Jawaharlal Nehru’s “liberal India”, intensifying
the battle over his legacy.
While both the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and
Vice President Rahul Gandhi did not take the name of Modi, the reference was
obvious when they spoke at a party function on the eve of the 125th birth
anniversary of Nehru here.
Rahul Gandhi said that “angry” people are nowadays
running the country and had a dig at Modi over the ‘Swachchta Abhiyan’ saying
‘photo opportunities’ are galore.
“These days, the foundation of love and brotherhood is
being demolished. On one hand houses are being painted and roads are being
cleaned. Photo opportunities are happening. Snaps are being taken. On the other
hand, poison is being spread. The very foundations are being weakened,” Sonia
In her speech made in the presence of former Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and former Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, Sonia Gandhi
asked party men to be united and strengthen the organisations and connect and
fight those forces out to demolish Nehru’s vision of a liberal India.
“Massive attempts are on to destroy the vision of
Nehru, the way he used to look at India. The forces, which are doing this are
targeting not only his persona but also his ideology, his vision, his life-long
contributions and struggle,” she said.
The Congress President said that had Nehru been alive,
he would have asked all Congressmen to fight communalism of all hues by
becoming a “valiant secular soldier” for protecting the soul of India.
Out of power for the last six months after a crushing
defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, the party is utilising the 125th birth
anniversary of Nehru to rally round non-NDA parties on a platform raising the
pitch of secularism.
It has organised an international meet on November 17
and 18 for which it has not invited Modi, who it accuses of appropriating the
legacy of freedom movement leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Sardar Patel.
Sonia Gandhi has extended invitations personally to leaders including Nitish
Kumar and Mamata Banerjee.