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Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi hits out at BJP, RSS over 'love jihad'

India Today logo India Today 21-11-2020 Hemanta Kumar Nath
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Deputy leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi has hit out at the BJP over the issue of 'love jihad' while alleging that the BJP and RSS do not believe that women are equal citizens in India.

"Indian women have rights under the constitution, but BJP and RSS feel that they will dictate Indian women when it comes to choosing a life partner. India is a nation of strong women. They have made their own careers, they have reached success on their own merit. Today, the women of India are educated, empowered. Nobody in the government should feel like they can dictate them," Gaurav Gogoi said. The statement comes as several BJP-led state governments have announced their decision to bring laws to curb cases related to love jihad.

Gogoi went on to accuse the BJP and RSS of having a patriarchal and regressive mindset.

Gaurav Gogoi further said, "We believe in India that has been spelled out from the vision of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and epitomised by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. We stand with the women of India."

The Congress MP from Assam also took a dig at the BJP over the Hathras case.

"Have they given justice to the rape victim of Hathras? Have they given justice to the women of India who feel threatened when they step out on streets? BJP leaders who are involved in sexual crimes are not restrained. Their former cabinet minister MJ Akbar is undergoing trial. BJP should first try to improve the law and order, help Hathras victim's family and then think of doing politics," Gogoi said.

Gogoi alleged that BJP and RSS care about issues that are important for them and went on to say that their "nationalism is fake".

"They care about their own political issues, ideological issuesThey only care about the issues which are important for them. All this talk of nationalism is fake," the Congress MP alleged.

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