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Tuticorin/Tirunelveli, Feb 27 (PTI) Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra
Modi over issues including the Sino-India standoff and sought
to establish an emotional connect with the people of
poll-bound Tamil Nadu, saying he wants to have a relationship
with them marked only by respect and affection.
Launching his three-day Tamil Nadu tour ahead of the
April 6 assembly elections, he attacked Modi, BJP and the RSS
on a number of issues and charged the Prime Minister with
seeking to “remote control” Tamil Nadu through Chief
Minister K Palaniswami.
He also billed himself as a ”honest” man and therefore
Modi “cannot control me” but was being targeted by him.
At public interactions and meetings at different
locations in Tuticorin and Tirunelvei districts, during some
of which he mingled with the public, Gandhi missed no chance
to take a swipe at Modi and also hit out at the ”corrupt”
Training his guns against Modi over the Sino-India
border standoff, he charged the PM with being ”scared” of the
eastern neighbour and took a swipe at him for being only
“useful to two people.”
“Essentially the Chinese occupied certain strategic
areas in our country. They first tested the idea in Doklam.”
“They tested the idea to see how would India react and
they noticed India did not react. And then they carried out
the idea again in Ladakh and also I believe in Arunachal
Pradesh,” he said.
Gandhi said Modi”s first reaction to the Chinese
incursions was “that nobody has come into India.”
“That indicated to the Chinese that the Prime Minister
of India is scared of them.. they understood it. And since
then the Chinese have negotiated on that principle,” he said.
“They know that the Prime Minister of India cannot stand
up to them. Mark my words, our land in Depsang, which is the
most important land, is not going to come back to under this
Giving such a message to the Chinese was “very dangerous
to the future because the Chinese are not going to stop with
Ladakh,” he alleged.
Later, at a well-attended public rally at Nanguneri in
Tirunelveli, Gandhi was all praise for the love and affection
of the Tamil people, saying they will repay them in larger
quantity when shown. The only way to deal with Tamil people is
through love, respect and affection, he added.
“As somebody who does not come from Tamil Nadu, I
noticed something immediately. I might meet the poorest
person, the weakest person, the person in maximum distress but
they never lose their dignity. They never lose their
self-respect,” he said.
Their situation might be terrible but they maintain
their self-respect and dignity “which I admire,” he said,
adding, Tamil Nadu, with its small and medium businesses, is
going to show India the future direction.
“The only relationship I want to have with the people
of Tamil Nadu is one of respect and affection because I
understand that is the only relationship that is possible. I
understand the graciousness and the large heartedness of the
Tamil people and that is the relationship we must share,” he
Hitting out at Modi, he said the Prime Minister was
”delusional” and thought he could “remote control” Tamil Nadu
through the chief minister but said the people will “remove
the battery and throw away.”
Palaniswami was not standing up to Modi because he was
”corrupt” and ”not honest,” Gandhi alleged.
“The only one reason Narendra Modi can”t frighten me,
is I am not corrupt. And because I am not corrupt I can stand
up against him and tell him the truth,” he said and claimed he
was attacked consistently by the PM for this reason.
Lashing out at Modi on demonetisation and GST, he
said it had severely impacted small and medium businesses,
saying “these are taxes on poor people.”
The “two-three” biggest corporates can get any amount
of money from banks as loan “but the small and medium
businesses in Tamil Nadu cannot get a rupee,” he claimed.
“Narendra Modi is useful to two people. He is
extremely useful because those two people are using the Prime
Minister of India to increase their wealth dramatically,” he
said, repeating his “hum do, hamare do,” jibe against him.
On the the fall of Congress-led governments in Madhya
Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, among others, he alleged that
they were ”bought” by the saffron party.
Democracy was ”dead” in the country, he said and
blamed the RSS. Misuse of sedition laws, threatening and
killing of people were the symptoms of the problem, he
There was also a “full-scale assault” on secularism.
Such issues could be addressed only with “mass action”
involving people. It was happening outside Delhi, he said,
referring to the farmers” agitation against the new Central
He reiterated his opposition to the Citizenship Amendment
Act and the farm laws. The agriculture system need to be
reformed, but not by destroying it, he said.
Later, interacting with salt pan workers, he recalled
his party”s poll-time promise of providing Rs 72,000 under the
NYAY scheme and assured them that it would be implemented if
the Congress was voted to power.
He said it was strange that people who consume salt
hardly realise how it is made or the difficulties of salt pan
“People don”t even realise there is salt in the vaccine
shots they get as you have mentioned…” he added.
The Congress leader also visited a salt pan. PTI SA JSP
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