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One By One, RSS Has Captured Independent Institutions Of The Country: Rahul Gandhi In Raipur

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| May 17 , 2018 , 14:01 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, currently on a 2-day tour of Chhattisgarh where the state assembly elections are to take place later this year, referenced the chaos in Karnataka during a rally on Thursday, alleging that the RSS is 'capturing' independent institutions of the nation.

"One by one, the RSS has captured the independent institutions of the country," said Rahul Gandhi in Raipur, referring to the Karnataka Governor, a former RSS member, inviting BJP to form government in the state despite the Congress-JDS alliance having a majority.

"Usually, people go to the Supreme Court for justice. But for the first time in 70 years, we saw SC judges coming to the people complaining that they are being intimidated and they are not being allowed to do their jobs," he said.

"Something like this happened for the first time in a democratic country. It happens in dictatorships. It happened in Pakistan & Africa. But this happened for the first time in 70 years in India," the Congress President said.

"For the first time in history, we witnessed 4 Judges of the SC, come out to the general public asking them for support," Gandhi said, referring to the press conference called by 4 senior Supreme Court judges in January.

"The ideals of Mahatma Gandhi are threatened everyday but, the spirit of the people of India will stand strong," he said.

"PM Modi considers the farmers a burden on the nation. We consider the farmers to be the backbone of our country," Gandhi said.

"Every citizen of the country must be part of the progress of the country, be it a Dalit, an Adivasi. Water, Forests and Land rights belong to Adivasis and these should be handed over to them. They should be given the power to be self-sufficient," said Rahul Gandhi.

"The Panchayati Raj will devolve power entirely into the hands of the people. Our duty is to enhance the Panchayati Raj to protect and restore their rights that the BJP is trying to snatch away," he added.

"The BJP claims that women are not in the position to stand as equals alongside men. The only job of women, is to cook at home. The only job of Dalits, is to clean & sweep and not dream of a better future," said Gandhi.

"The BJP is creating an atmosphere of fear. They don't want Dalits, backward classes and women to fulfill their dreams," the Congress President said.

"In 2019, the Congress will focus on 3 things, education, healthcare, and employment. We will work on education in government schools and make it more accessible," he said.

In the Karnataka state assembly election results on Tuesday, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, still short of the 113 majority, while Congress with 70 seats and JD(S) with 38 seats formed a post-poll alliance crossing the majority mark. Despite the Congress-JDS alliance having more seats, the Governor of Karnataka, who has been an RSS member in the past, invited BJP to form the government, giving them 15 days to prove the majority. The decision of the Karnataka governor resulted in mass criticism.