‘Brother’ MK Stalin hands over tiranga to Rahul Gandhi for yatra | India News – Times of India

KANYAKUMARI: Launching the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ here on Wednesday, Congress’s Rahul Gandhi said “the country is headed towards disaster”, claiming it faces its worst ever financial crisis, coupled with the highest ever level of unemployment and price rise. At a public meeting, Rahul said the national flag — which embodies the guaranteed rights of freedom of religion and language — is under “assault”.
He also mentioned the “capture” of institutions by BJP. “They think they can frighten the opposition with ED, CBI, I-T. The problem is they don’t understand the people of India, that the people of India do not get scared. No matter how many hours of interrogation they resort to, not a single opposition leader is going to be scared of BJP,” Rahul said, to loud roar from the gathering by the sea under the evening clouds.
While Rahul has been speaking about “the misuse of agencies” for few months, it has largely been a focused jibe at BJP which has involved touting his recent 55 hours of interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate, and proclaiming that it had failed to browbeat him. But in a major shift now, he spoke on behalf of opposition leaders. In fact, before coming to Kanyakumari, he met Bihar chief minister and ally Nitish Kumar, while on Wednesday, DMK chief and TN CM Stalin came to Kanyakumari to welcome Rahul and then, in a symbolic gesture, handed over to him a national flag for the yatra. Stalin also joined Congress leaders in a prayer meeting at the Gandhi memorial. At the rally, Rahul thanked “my brother Stalin”. He had started the day by paying tributes at the Sriperumbudur memorial of his late father Rajiv Gandhi.
The remark on Opposition is also significant because Udaipur ‘chintan shivir’ had stated that Congress will in coming years solely focus on strengthening itself.
Addressing the gathering, with entire Congress brass led by Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh and Bhupesh Baghel on the large dais, the Gandhi scion said vast number of Indians feel the need for action to unite the country because “the tricolour is under attack… every institution is under attack from BJP and RSS.”
He alleged that BJP’s idea of handing control of the country “to a few industries” is similar to that of the East India Company, the only difference being that under British it was one big company. He said, BJP also represents the “British strategy of making people fight each other to steal from them”.
While much of what Rahul said was a repetition from his old attack sheets, it was noticeable because it will form part of the five-month long narrative Congress and its leaders will propagate during the intensive mass contact. The party has limited the yatra to around 22 kms a day, with most of the remaining time devoted to meeting people and addressing them — making clear the mobilisation plan that underpins the yatra.

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