‘Party is going against Gandhian ideals’
On the 89th anniversary of the historic Dandi salt march, and on a day when the Congress was holding a meeting of the party’s working committee in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi penned a blog criticising the current culture in the Congress party as being the “antithesis of Gandhian thought”.
The blog, released online via Mr. Modi’s Twitter handle, said that the Congress, in its current form, had become synonymous with corruption. Mahatma Gandhi, the Prime Minister said, had “taught us to think of the plight of the poorest person we have seen and think about how our work impacts that person”.
Speaking of his own government’s record, he said, he was “proud to say that in all aspects of our government’s work, the guiding consideration is to see how it will alleviate poverty and bring prosperity. Sadly, the antithesis of Gandhian thought is the Congress culture.”
He added that the Mahatma did not believe in inequality and caste divisions but, “Sadly, the Congress has never hesitated from dividing society. The worst caste riots and anti-Dalit massacres happened under Congress rule.”
By going against Gandhi’s teachings that held that detachment and staying away from excess wealth was important, “all that the Congress has done is to fill their own bank accounts and lead luxurious lifestyles at the cost of providing basic necessities to the poor,” Mr. Modi said.
“The nation has seen how Congress and corruption have become synonyms. Name the sector and there will be a Congress scam — from defence, telecom, irrigation, sporting events to agriculture, rural development and more,” he said.
He also said that while ‘Bapu’ (Mahatma Gandhi) despised dynastic politics, “dynasty first” was the way for the Congress today.
Hitting out at the Opposition party on the issue of people’s rights, he said that Gandhi believed that democracy gave the weak the same chance as the strong, but the Congress “gave the nation the Emergency, when our democratic spirit was trampled over.”
“Gandhi ji had understood the Congress culture very well, which is why he wanted the Congress disbanded, especially after 1947,” the Prime Minister said, adding “Thankfully, today we have a government at the Centre that is working on Bapu’s path.”