In a candid confession, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the arrogance had crept into his party around 2012, when it stopped engaging with people.
Speaking at the University of California in Berkeley, Gandhi also slammed the right-wing groups in India for spreading message of hate and violence.
He said, “There is a BJP machine,about 1000 guys sitting on computers and telling you about me. It’s a tremendous machine, all day they spread abuse about me and the operation is run by the gentleman who is running our country.”
Gandhi also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for damaging the Right to Information Act, something that the Congress government had passed to ensure transparency in the functioning of the government.
He said, “Mr.Modi clamped down on RTI. He shut it down. We got in trouble as we dramatically increased transparency.”
Taking a potshot on the Modi government’s failure on Kashmir, the Congress VP said that his party-led government had broken the ‘back of Kashmir’ during its 10 years of government at the Centre.
He said, “When we started, terrorism was rampant in Kashmir, when we finished there was peace, we had broken the back of terrorism. By 2013, we basically broke the back of terror, I hugged PM Manmohan Singh and told him it was one of the biggest achievements.”
Gandhi also took potshots on BJP forming an alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir adding that PM Modi was responsible for destroying the Mehbooba Mufti led party.
“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 was quoted by ANI.
Gandhi though praised the prime minister for being a better communicator than him adding that he ‘knows how to give a message to 3-4 different groups in a crowd, so his messaging ability is very effective and subtle.’
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