Congress president Rahul Gandhi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of attacks against Dalits and recent incidents of crime against women. Speaking at his party’s “Save the Constitution” programme in the capital, he charged that constitutional values had been endangered off-late.
Istitutions such as the Supreme Court were being trampled on and Parliament had been shut down by the government, he alleged.
“If he was allowed to speak for 15 minutes on a host of issues, including the Nirav Modi scam…,” the Congress president said attacking the government.
Attacking the prime minister on employment and other promises made by him before the last Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi said Prime Minister Modi would now come up with new promises for votes.
He also attacked the government slogan of ‘Beti Bechao, Beti Padhao’ (Save daughters, educate them) referring to recent horrific gang rape and murder case in Kathu and Unnao rape case, where BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is facing charges.
Only the Congress was capable of addressing the problems facing the country, he said. “The country will do its ‘Mann ki baat’ in the next elections,” Gandhi said, playing on the title of the prime minister’s monthly radio address.
Hours later, responding to Gandhi’s charges BJP president Amit Shah today said that ‘Save the Constitution’ campaign launched by the Congress party is an exercise to save the dynasty and that the opposition party’s “Modi hatred” has turned into “India hatred”.
“…if there is one political party that has trampled over the Constitution in letter and spirit, time and again, it is the opposition party,” Amit Shah said.
The BJP chief made a mention of the Congress’ move to impeach the Chief Justice of India and said it is part of a trend to demonise and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity and does not “kowtow to the dynasty”, a reference to the Gandhi family.
The BJP chief also cited the Congress’ alleged attack on the CAG, Election Commission, the Army and the Supreme Court at different points of time and its imposition of the Emergency in 1975 to hit back
“Those who do not trust the Army, the judiciary, the Supreme Court, the Election Commission, EVMs, the RBI are now saying democracy is in danger. India has a vibrant democracy and a vibrant Constitution,” Shah said.
(With inputs from PTI)