Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi lambasted the Modi government on September 12 while speaking at the University Of Berkeley, California and said that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, was promoting divisive politics and destroying the atmosphere of peace and non-violence. Muslims and Dalits are being lynched on suspicion of eating beef, free and frank journalists are being killed in the country, added polarization on communal lines was observed, he said. Demonetisation was a self-inflicted wound that caused the downfall of the economy, he added. He warned that polarization would drive people towards radical ideas. He also said that the Prime Minister destroyed peace in Jammu and Kashmir where the BJP joined the PDP only for political gains.
Responding to a question, he said he was ready to take up executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so. This way he referred to his elevation that is likely take place in the near future. About politics of dynasty, he said it was commonplace in India and pointed out to Akhilesh of Samajwadi Party and Stalin of DMK. He also castigated PM’s foreign policy and said China left no space for India.
He said one thousand BJP workers worked online daily to spread canards against him on social media and behind this was a man who is running the country.
When the BJP leaders targeted Rahul Gandhi for criticizing the country abroad, the Congress leaders strongly replied saying that first it was the Prime Minister himself who found fault with the Congress rule in his foreign tours. The Delhi Congress even described Congress’ win in the DUSU election results as a rejection of the speech delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 11 and acceptance of the Congress’ ideology explained by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in his speech in Berkeley.