Congress Is A Family And We Are All Its Members, Says Mallikarjun Kharge

| July 9 , 2018 , 09:54 IST

Hitting back at one of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's common critiques of the Congress party being led by 'one family', Congress' Maharashtra in charge, Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday said that the Congress is a family, but all are members.

"There have been consistent attacks on the character of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi. It is a deliberate attack by the BJP. The Congress is a family and we all are its members," said Kharge.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been asking, at every function, about what the Congress has done for the country in the past 70 years. A chaiwala like him (Modi) could become Prime Minister because we preserved democracy," he said.

Kharge termed the past 4 years of the NDA government as an 'unproclaimed' Emergency.

"Modi speaks about the Emergency that happened 43 years back, but what about the unproclaimed Emergency in the last four years? Farmers are committing suicide, agricultural schemes are failing, farmers are not getting new loans and trade is on the slow track," said Kharge.

"On the other hand, the government's expenditure on advertising is unstoppable. 'Acche din' will come into the lives of people once the Modi government is dethroned," he said.

"Come together, fight together. We will definitely win the Parliament polls if the Congress wins in Maharashtra. Victory at the centre depends on Maharashtra," Kharge said to party workers.

According to a party leader who attended Kharge's meeting on Sunday, the Congress would hold protests in all 6 divisions of Maharashtra in the last week of August or early September in which Congress President Rahul Gandhi is also expected to participate.