Skip to main content

Rahul Gandhi, in US, makes no-holds-barred attack on PM Modi

Gandhi also spoke about dynasty, saying that was how most of the country was run, and demonetisation, which he said caused tremendous damage and was implemented without consulting the people who should have been.? Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 12, 2017, 04.41 AM (IST)

Rahul Gandhi, who is currently in the US on a two-week tour, has made a no-holds-barred attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Gandhi blamed Modi for an upsurge in terrorism in Kashmir, the idea that non-violence is under attack in India today, a lack of transparency, and the vilification campaign run against him (Gandhi). 

But, at the same time, there was grudging admiration of Modi -- the prime minister's communication skills for instance. 

But, at the same time, there was grudging admiration of Modi -- the prime minister's communication skills for instance
×

Gandhi also spoke about dynasty, saying that was how most of the country was run, and demonetisation, which he said caused tremendous damage and was implemented without consulting the people who should have been. 

Gandhi made his comments at the University of California, Berkeley. 

"There is a BJP machine, about 1000 guys sitting on computers and telling you about me," Gandhi said when asked whether he was a reluctant politician.  

Gandhi added that it was a "tremendous machine, all day they spread abuse about me, and the operation is run by the gentleman who is running our country." 

×

 

×

He then said that by 2013, the UPA had broken the "back of terror" in Kashmir. 

×

 

×

Then added: "PDP was instrumental in bringing youngsters in politics, but the day PM Modi made alliance with PDP, he destroyed them (PDP). 

"So he (PM Modi) massively opened up space for the terrorists in Kashmir, and you saw the increase in violence." 

×

 

He also said Modi had clamped down on the use of RTI (right to information). 

×

"What I sense is he doesn't converse with people he works with, even members of Parliament and BJP tell me that," he added about Modi. 

×

Gandhi however accepted that Modi was a very good communicator.

Much better than him. 

"He knows how to give a message to three to four different groups in a crowd, so his messaging ability is very effective and subtle," Gandhi said of Modi. 

×

 

×

On the question of dynasty, Gandhi said that's how most of the country runs... so why go after him alone? 

"Most of the country runs like this, so don't go after me,  Akhilesh Yadav a dynast, Mr Stalin a dynast, Mr Dhumal's son a dynast," Gandhi said. 

"Even Mr Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast, also Mr Ambani, that's how (the) entire country is running," Gandhi said. 

×

 

×

There was also some self-reflection, with Gandhi saying that towards the end of UPA 2, a certain arrogance had crept into the Congress party. 

But he added that the "Congress decides policy and vision through conversations and not by imposition". 

×
×

Also read: Idea of non-violence under attack in India, says Rahul Gandhi

Also read: Rahul Gandhi adds to long list of gaffes

Show Comments
  • delete