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Rahul Gandhi on Indian DemocracyCongress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday (March 4) alleged that the structures of Indian democracy were under brutal attack and that talks were underway within the opposition to unite around an alternative vision for the country. The former Congress president also alleged that the recent tax survey action against the BBC was an example of suppression of voice across the country, which is why he took out the Bharat Joko Yatra as an expression of voice against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). . Trying to silence the country
“The reason the trip is necessary is because the structures of our democracy are under brutal attack,” Gandhi told reporters at an India Insights program organized by the Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA) in London. “The media, institutional structures, judiciary, parliament are all under attack and we are finding it very difficult to convey the voice of the people through normal channels,” he said.
“The BBC has found out about it now, but it has been going on non-stop in India for the past 9 years. Everyone knows that journalists are threatened, attacked and Threats are made. Journalists who toe the government’s line are rewarded.
So, this is part of a pattern and I wouldn’t expect anything else. If the BBC stops writing against the government, everything will be back to normal. All cases will disappear,” he noted.
Gandhi lamented that the democratic parts of the world, including America and Europe, failed to notice that “a large part of democracy has been lost”.
“BJP wants India to be quiet. They want it to be quiet… because they want to be able to take what belongs to India and give it to their closest friends. That’s the idea, the population. Distracting and then handing over the wealth of India. Three, four, five people,” he said.
BJP’s reaction to Rahul Gandhi’s statement
Gandhi’s earlier comments at the University of Cambridge that Indian democracy was under attack and that many politicians, including himself, were under surveillance, invited sharp reactions from the BJP, which after suffering successive electoral setbacks against him, had Accused of tarnishing the country’s image on Earth.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told reporters in Delhi, “We can understand their hatred towards the Prime Minister but the conspiracy to defame the country with the help of foreign friends raises questions about the agenda of the Congress.” on Friday (March 3). Thakur said that Gandhi was aware of the kind of defeat Congress was facing in the assembly elections and resorted to blaming it on foreign soil.
“Once again, the Congress lost the elections but their bankruptcy became evident when they missed no opportunity to malign India from foreign soil,” Thakur said. When asked about the plans of the Congress and the opposition for the next general elections, Gandhi said that the election battle is not only between political parties but also against institutions as there is “no level playing field” in Indian politics.
“There are talks going on between the opposition parties, I am aware of many of them. The basic idea that the RSS and the BJP need to be fought and defeated is deeply seated in the minds of the opposition. There is no question about that,” He said.
“There are strategic issues that need to be discussed… But it is important to understand that the opposition in India is no longer fighting a political party. We are now fighting the institutional structure of India; the BJP and RSS who have taken over almost all the institutions in India. So, the idea of a level playing field does not exist because the institutions are not fair,” he said.
Gandhi is in London as part of a week-long tour to deliver lectures as a visiting fellow at Cambridge University and is scheduled to interact with Indian expatriates later in the week.
(with PTI inputs)
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