Congress leader Rahul Gandhi: Congress leaders and members of the Wayanad Parliament Constituency Rahul Gandhi has once again made key comments referring to the BJP government at the Centre. He said that BJP’s defeat is certain if the opposition joins hands. Also, while admitting that there are differences between Hindus and Muslims in the country, he emphasized that the situation is not as bad as portrayed by the media.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that if all the opposition parties come together and show an alternative, they can defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 general elections. “If India’s two visions face each other… we can win,” Rahul Gandhi said in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera earlier this month.
Meanwhile, this interview was published a few days before the 85th Plenary of the Congress Central Committee to be held in Raipur from February 24 to 26. More than 15,000 delegates will attend the plenary to discuss issues like economy, employment, social justice and give direction to Congress’ national election campaign. Gandhi acknowledged Hindu-Muslim polarization…but insisted it was not as bad as the media portrayed it as a tool to distract people from the real problems of poverty, illiteracy, inflation, post-Covid small and indebted industrialists-farmers.
Rahul Gandhi answered a question about fascism in India.. “Fascism is already there. Democratic systems will collapse. Parliament is not functioning now. I have not been able to speak for two years, as soon as I speak they turn off my microphone. The balance of power is out of balance. Justice is not independent. Centralization is complete. The press has lost its freedom,” he said. Responding to a question on whether he can defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next elections, Rahul expressed confidence in the unity of the opposition. Rahul said that Bharatiya Janata Party will lose 100% if the opposition unites.
Referring to India-China relations, he said they should be about peaceful competition. He said that he does not think that Western countries can compete with China on an industrial level, especially in low value-added production. Referring to his Bharat Jodo Yatra, Gandhi said it was like penance. “… everyone has limitations, including me… Sanskrit, the world’s oldest language, has a word called tapas, which is difficult for the Western mind to understand. Some translate it as sacrifice, patience…” he said. He said the trip, the biggest public outreach by the Congress in decades, made him understand the extraordinary resilience of Indians.