Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party government for promoting a private-sector monopoly in the country and through this concentration of capital, also controlling the media.
“I think it’s very dangerous for one company to control all airports, all ports, all the infrastructure. It (private sector monopoly) has never existed in this form. It has never existed with such a massive concentration of power and capital. This is another aspect that is throttling the conversation because the current Indian government is controlling the media through this concentration of capital,” Mr Gandhi said at an event in London.
Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party of “spreading kerosene all over the country”, the former Congress party president said, “You need one spark and we will be in big trouble. I think we need to act responsibly as the opposition, the Congress in the country that aims to bring people, communities, states, and religions together in harmony.”
“We need to cool this temperature down because if it doesn’t cool down, things can go wrong,” the Congress leader said at the event which was organised by non-profit think-tank Bridge India.
He further said that there are two different designs of governance at play in India, one that stifles voices and the other that listens.
“Please realise, what the BJP does is shout and stifle voices. What we do is listen. They are two different things, they are two different designs. A cadre is told you will say this and nothing else, it’s designed to push a particular set of ideas down people’s throats, whether it is the Communist idea or in the RSS system. We are not designed like that. We are designed to listen to the people of India and pull out their voice and place it on the table,” said Mr Gandhi, attacking the BJP.
The Congress leader further said that Prime Minister must have an attitude that ‘I want to listen’, but “our Prime Minister doesn’t listen”.
Lauding the Congress party’s efforts in India, Rahul Gandhi said, “The Congress, through its actions, has been attacking the social systems (like the caste system) in the country. We fundamentally believe every single Indian should be given the same opportunities.”
“Trying to force the same idea that we were running in the 1990’s and 2000’s is not going to work now. That is what the government is doing today. The task for the Opposition is really to give a new vision to the people of India, an economic vision. Congress has the ideology at the national level. Congress is a structure that is enabling the Opposition. The ideological battle that is taking place is between the national vision of the RSS and the national vision of Congress,” he said.
The Congress leader said, “This is no longer just a pure political fight. We are now fighting the institutional structure of the Indian state which is being captured by an organisation. The only way for us is to go to the large masses of the Indian people.”
Further accusing the BJP government in India for stifling the voices in the country, Gandhi said, “People tell us we should have a cadre like the BJP. And I tell them that the day we have a cadre like the BJP, we will be the BJP. We are a party that listens to the expression of the Indian people. BJP stifles voices, we listen.”
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