Congress president Rahul Gandhi has launched the party's nationwide 'Save the Constitution' campaign on 23 April, with an aim to highlight the alleged attacks on the Constitution and Dalits under the BJP-led regime.
At the event, Gandhi made a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the country was burning, girls were being raped and the rights of scheduled castes and minorities were under a threat, but Modi’s sole interest lay in being the Prime Minister for a second term.
Institutions such as the Supreme Court were being trampled on while the Parliament had been shut down by the government, he alleged, claiming that if he was allowed to speak for 15 minutes on a host of issues, including the Nirav Modi scam, the Prime Minister would "run away".
Going full throttle, he alleged that institutions were being packed with people who believed in the RSS's ideology.
Quoting from what he described as a statement by Modi, the Congress leader said the prime minister saw spirituality in sanitation work undertaken by Dalits.
Gandhi in his speech also said that people are aware that there is no place for the Dalits, weaker sections of society and women in Modi’s heart. He promised that he and his party would stand by the community and the women of this country.
Gandhi had earlier posted on Twitter urging people to join the rally to raise voice against the change in The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Speaking to The Quint, Congress’ Scheduled Caste Department Chairman Nitin Rawat said the next election will be decided by the country’s Dalits.
Amit Shah Hits Out
Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s attacks, BJP chief Amit Shah said, “If there is one party that has destroyed the spirit of our Constitution, it is the Congress.”
Posting on his Facebook page, Shah said, The Congress Party has yet again taken the only path it knows very well –– of spreading hate and divisions in our society. “
Those who do not trust the Army, the Judiciary, the Supreme Court, the Election Commission, EVMs, the RBI are now saying ‘democracy is in danger!’Amit Shah on Facebook
The campaign will continue till 14 April next year, marking the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar.
(With inputs from PTI)