Congress’s Rahul Gandhi ripped into the BJP immediately, censuring them over value rise, farmers’ situation and crony capitalism. At an enormous rally in Rajasthan’s Jaipur, he additionally made a frontal assault on the BJP over Hindutva — an ideology extensively linked to the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — the define of which he drew final month in an inner session of the get together.
“I’m a Hindu. All these individuals are Hindus. They’re Hindutva-vadis. Let me clarify,” he mentioned in his opening remarks.
Then, in a pun on “Satyagraha” — a time period that means a “seek for reality” coined by Mahatma Gandhi — he mentioned: “Mahatma Gandhi looked for the reality, Nathuram Godse pumped three bullets into him. He was a Hindutva-vadi. A Hindu is excited by Satyagrah. Hinduta-vadis are solely after energy, they do not care about reality. A Hindutva-vadi is just after Sattagrah (seek for energy)”.
“Who’s a Hindu? Somebody who respects each faith and is petrified of no person. These in energy are false Hindus… India is experiencing a Hindutva-vadi raj, not Hindu raj. We need to take away these Hindutva-vadis and herald a Hindu raj,” Mr Gandhi added within the rally, which was additionally attended by his mom, get together chief Sonia Gandhi, and sister and get together basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Final month, Mr Gandhi sought to distinguish Hinduism and Hindutva at an inner meet of the get together.
“Is Hinduism about beating a Sikh, or a Muslim. Hindutva, in fact, is. In which ebook is it written? I’ve not seen it. I’ve learn the Upanishads. I’ve not learn it,” he mentioned. “We are saying there’s a distinction between Hindutva and Hindu faith. It’s a easy logic — if you’re a Hindu then why do you want Hindutva? Why do you want this new title?” he was quoted as saying by information company Press Belief of India.
The BJP had responded saying Rahul Gandhi and the Congress have a “pathological hatred” of Hinduism.
“It’s within the character of the Congress and the Gandhi household to assault Hinduism at each alternative… What they are saying will not be a coincidence however an experiment. And the headmaster of this experimental lab is Rahul Gandhi,” the BJP’s Sambit Patra was quoted as saying by PTI.
“There’s a pathological hatred for Hinduism amongst Congress leaders… they usually get traction for this from the Gandhi household,” he had mentioned.