Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “formidable enemy” who had ”crushed” his opponents.
Mr Gandhi said that he will defeat the Prime Minister by following the path of love and non-violence.
During an interaction titled ”Educators Meet” at Tirunelveli’s St Xavier College, Mr Gandhi, touring southern Tamil Nadu for the second day as part of his second leg of campaign for the April 6 assembly polls, also said he counted on the people’s support to defeat the BJP.
When a participant wanted to know if Gandhi felt it was possible to nudge the Modi government to implement his ”good ideas” rather than waiting to assume power which seemed ”Utopian”, he said it could be done with the ”powerful” and ”valuable” support of the people.
GOI has turned noble professions like farming, education & healthcare into financial commodities for the benefit of a few cronies.
We’re fighting this without any anger, hatred or violence.
And non-violence always wins. pic.twitter.com/iRchenkxWV
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 28, 2021
It was important to dream big, though some of it may not come true, he said in an obvious reference to snatching the reins of power from the BJP at the Centre.
Continuing, he said, “yes we are fighting a formidable enemy (Modi). We are fighting an enemy that is dominating the money in this country. We are fighting an enemy that is crushing its opponents. But we have done this before. We have defeated a much bigger enemy (British) than this new enemy that has come.”
Recalling the country’s independence movement, he said the Britishers were much more powerful than PM Modi would ever be.
“Who is Narendra Modi in comparison to the British empire? nobody. People of this country sent the British empire back and in the same way we will send Narendra Modi back to Nagpur (RSS headquarters in Maharashtra),” he said.
Congress is an ally of the DMK in Tamil Nadu and BJP is a partner of the ruling AIADMK.
The Congress leader, replying to another participant, alleged the BJP-led Centre claimed to “represent Hinduism” in several ideas they espoused, but in reality it had nothing to do with that faith.
Hindusim does not preach insulting, killing or beating up people, Mr Gandhi asserted, alleging “but they do it.”
The essence of all religions was love but the Central government’s ”whole game” is to ”steal” money of ordinary people, including farmers through initiatives like farm laws, and give it away to the biggest businesses in the country, he alleged.
To another question, he said he did not like the Centre’s New Education Policy, 2020 either.
When a professor alleged the NEP was agenda driven, Mr Gandhi said any policy on education should be an outcome of deliberations with learners and teachers.
“Unfortunately this was not done,” he claimed adding it concentrated too much power in the hands of the Centre and it was set to damage the education system.
Though NEP had a positive aspect of flexibility, it was however, a “weapon to communalise, to push a particular ideology into the Indian system and that is why I do not like it.”
He batted for more scholarship so that more and more poor students got education and underscored women empowerment.
To a demand on bringing back education to the state list of the Constitution from the concurrent category, he said, “I don’t know we will look into it.”