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For BJP In Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi Has One Word: "Pakistan"

NDTV logo NDTV 17-05-2018 Edited by Anindita Sanyal
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(Provided by The Times of India)

New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said today that the equivalent of the events in Karnataka can be found only in a neighbouring country: Pakistan. In an unsparing attack on the BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Mr Gandhi accused them of stifling the voice of India by systematically infiltrating her institutions and reducing her standing internationally.

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"Things that are happening in Karnataka today... Such things happen in Pakistan," said the 47-year-old, referring to the Governor's invitation to the BJP to form the next government in the state.

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The Congress approached the Supreme Court last night after the Vajubhai Bhala's invite to BS Yeddyurappa. The BJP's prospective chief minister took oath today after the Supreme Court, in a rare post-midnight hearing, refused to put off the ceremony. The court, however, said while it was allowing the oath to proceed, it would be "subject to the outcome of the case".

Ahead of the morning's oath ceremony, Mr Gandhi tweeted:

"The Constitution is under severe attack in the country. In Karnataka, the MLAs are on one side and the governor on the other," he said later at a meeting in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur, and accused the RSS of "filling institutions with their men".

"What is the motive behind filling institutions? What are these institutions? What is Press, what is Planning Commission? They are the voice of India. If US President says that China and India are immediate threats, it is because he can hear this voice," he said.

"The RSS and the BJP do not want the poor to be heard. They don't want youth like Vemula to dream," he added, referring to Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula, whose suicide over alleged caste discrimination had triggered protests across campuses nationwide.

The role of Mr Gandhi -- who took charge of the Congress in December -- came under huge criticism after the poor performance of the party in Karnataka. From 122 seats in the Karnataka assembly, the Congress slid to 78.

The party, however, managed to cobble a swift alliance with Janata Dal Secular, a regional party headed by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.

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