Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who are now in control, of undermining democracy and fomenting violence and hatred across the country.
Additionally, he urged voters to back the Congress and help it win at least 150 seats in the Karnataka Assembly elections on May 10, so that it could take power with a landslide victory.
“Bidar is Basavanna’s (12th century social reformer) ‘karma bhoomi’. If someone first spoke about democracy and showed the path towards democracy it was Basavanna. It is sad that today across the country, people from RSS and BJP are attacking democracy,” Gandhi said.
He claimed that the BJP and RSS are undermining Basavanna’s principles of equal partnership, and equal opportunities, and that everyone should advance together when addressing a public gathering in Karnataka.
“They are spreading hatred and violence in Hindustan, and they are taking away money from poor and weaker section people and giving it to two or three rich people,” he added.
AICC General Secretaries K C Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala (in-charge of Karnataka), KPCC working president and candidate from Bhalki Assembly seat Eshwar Khandre were among those present.
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