New Delhi : The Congress on Monday unleashed a scathing attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), accusing it of being hell bent on changing the Constitution of India. In a video released on microblogging site Twitter, the Congress claimed quoted several RSS ideologues on their opinion about the Constitution.
The video starts with Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde saying that the BJP has come to power to amend the Constitution. This statement by Hegde had sparked a huge war of words between the Congress and BJP. He had said, “Seculars do not know what their blood is. Yes constitution has given that right to say ‘we are secular and we will say it’. Yes, I know but constitution has been amended many times, we will also amend it. We have come to power for that.”
According to the Congress, Hegde is just following the legacy of RSS. And to assert the point, the video further quotes RSS ideologue Golwalkar as saying, “There is no Indian percepts or political philosophy in the Indian Constitution”.
The video also carries a quote by Jansangh founder Deendayal Upadhyay on the issue of the word “secular” in Constitution. According to the quote, the Jansangh founder had said, “By declaring Bharat as secular nation, the soul of Bharat has been attacked. A secular state is full of woes.”
The opposition party has, in the video, also talked about the Venkatchaliah Commission, constituted by then NDA government in 2000 to review the Constitution. The commission had faced widespread protests from different sections of the society, says the Congress.
It also raked up a 2015 advertisement carrying Preamble of the Constitution by the BJP wherein words “secular” and “socialists” were missing.
Another highlight of the video is a quote by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wherein he says that no system can be secular and that those “who gave birth to this word and who use it should apologise”. “I believe that after Independence, the biggest lie in India is the word secular,” Yogi is quoted as saying.
“BJP is uncomfortable with many parts of the Constitution” such as socialist, secular, Article 25 (Right to Freedom of Religion), Article 30 (Right of minorities to set up educational institutions) and Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir, alleges the Congress in the video. It further points that these “mostly constitute the basic structure of our Constitution”.
There has been no reaction from the BJP on the video so far.
A big country needs a strong leader like me to rule it: Modi
Solapur: Attacking Congress and Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he is being targeted because he is from backward community.
“The Congress and its allies say that all Modis in the society are thieves. The Congress and its allies have not kept any shortcomings in abusing of my backward caste. This time they have crossed the limits and abused the entire backward society,” Modi said.
“I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out,” Gandhi had said recently.
PM Modi said that he was used to such bashing. “Now, they are blaming the entire community while defaming me. If you dare to defame a community, I will not tolerate it,” he said.
He asked why label the entrie backward community thieves by calling him one.
Addressing a poll rally in Maharashtra’s Madha, Modi slammed the “dynastic politics” of Sharad Pawar and claimed the NCP chief had “fled” the poll arena from Madha Lok Sabha constituency as he sensed defeat.
Modi said to run such a big country, we need a strong leader.
Slamming Gandhi, Modi said, “The ‘naamdar’ (dynast) first tried ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (slogan). Now they are trying to defame a backward community (Modi community). Being from a backward community, I am used to the suffering.”
PM Modi most anti-national, dividing nation: Rahul
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”.
Reacting to Modi’s allegation of the Congress turning anti-national, Gandhi said his grand old party has an exceptional track record of fighting forces that attack the nation.
“Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” said Gandhi as he kicked off his day-long campaign here in Kerala.
“Crippling the agricultural system, leading to farmers suicide is another anti-national act of Modi. Youths loosing their jobs is also another anti-national act. Modi has failed in all these and it’s time that he answers,” he told the media at a presser here.
Gandhi said the three key issues ruling the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are destruction of the Indian economy, personal corruption of Modi and the plight of the farmers.
“We are looking forward to forming the next government,” said Gandhi as he was about to leave, when a few questions were hurled at him.
The Congress leader, taking them returned to his seat sporting a smile, and said: “How come the Prime Minister does not have the guts to face the Kerala, Odisha or the Delhi media?”
From Kannur, Gandhi will make a whirlwind visit to five assembly constituencies in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is contesting the polls.
He is also fighting from his traditional Amethi Lok Sabha seat.
Country will see Priyanka the way it views ‘chor ki biwi’: Uma
Durg: Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday courted controversy by saying the country will see Priyanka Gandhi Vadra the way it views a “thief’s wife”, while claiming that the Congress general secretary will have no impact on the outcome of Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh.
To a question on whether Priyanka Gandhi will contest the general elections from Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election, Bharti said, “It is a democracy, anybody can fight election from anywhere”.
When asked to comment on the impact the Congress leader could have on the poll outcome, the firebrand BJP leader told reporters in Chhattisgarh’s Durg, “Nothing. Why will she have an impact… Whose husband is facing theft charges. She will be seen the way India sees a thief’s wife.” Bharti also targeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, saying by choosing to contest elections from Amethi and Wayanad, he has accepted defeat. He is the national president of his party and can fight as many elections as he wants, the BJP leader said.
She also slammed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for his derogatory remarks against BJP leader Jaya Prada and sought that he be barred from contesting the election.
Bharti said the EC’s decision to award equal punishment to Khan and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was an “injustice” to the latter. He (Adityanath) took the name of God and did not insult any woman, she said, adding Khan should be slapped with all provisions of IPC related to insulting women.
The Election Commission on Monday imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Adityanath for 72 hours for his “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. A three-day campaign ban has also been imposed on Khan for his alleged “khaki underwear” jibe against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, who is his rival BJP candidate in Rampur Lok Sabha seat. The all-India ban came into force from 6 am Tuesday.
Bharti on Tuesday campaigned for BJP’s candidate in Durg Lok Sabha constituency which goes to polls in the third phase on April 23.
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