New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi uses the “frame” of “hatred and anger” against his family and doesn’t see the pain that came due to the violent deaths of his grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv Gandhi, both former Indian prime ministers.
In the interview to Gulf News Monday, Gandhi also suggested that his party was ready to contest alone in Uttar Pradesh where the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have been reluctant to accommodate it in their alliance.
“We are trying to bring opposition together… I have heard some statements in the media but we are going to work together and make sure that we defeat Mr Modi.But I just want to say again – to underestimate the Congress in UP is a big mistake,” Gandhi said.
‘Modi doesn’t talk to me’
The Congress chief said that the Prime Minister doesn’t talk to him.
“He (Modi) meets and greets in monosyllables… he will say ‘hello’…. Mr Narendra Modi has a lot of anger and a lot of what he says about me comes from that anger.But there are certain things that he says which I listen to.
“For example, the frame he uses against my family… there is an element of that frame which is hatred and anger. And there is another element that says ‘look, you come from a position where you have had certain advantages’ and it is true! I have to take into account that truth, I can’t deny the fact that my family was in politics.”
“But what Narendra Modi doesn’t see is the pain that has come, the violence that has come, the lessons I have learnt… You are handed cards and in every card has two sides (sic). Mr Modi has certain disadvantages and advantages. The biggest that Mr Modi has given me is that I listen now, I listen very deeply,” Gandhi said.