Kalaburagi (Karnataka): Accusing RSS of trying to “capture” every institution in the country, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said it was a “particular ideologue” of the Sangh Parivar outfit who gave the idea of the note ban to the Prime Minister.
“Do you know where the idea of note bandi (note ban) came from? Do you know who gave the idea of note bandi to the Prime Minister of India? It was not RBI, it was not Arun Jaitley (Finance Minister), it was not an officer in the Finance Ministry,” Gandhi said.
“It was a particular ideologue of the RSS. Now you imagine the RSS places an idea into the Prime Minister’s mind and the Prime Minister launches that idea,” he said.
Suggesting it was the design of RSS and BJP, who are convinced that it is only they who know everything and are taking such “disastrous” decisions, he said even a child would say it was not a good idea to “destroy” Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes that allowed corrupt to convert black money into white.
The Congress President was speaking during an interaction with professionals and business community on the last day of his four days ‘Janashirvad Yatra’, in the northern Karnataka region here.
Gandhi also alleged that ministers in the NDA government were not operating independently, as RSS men were stationed in each ministry.
“In every single Ministry in India, national level there is an OSD (Officer on Special Duty)from RSS working with the Minister…In every Ministry in India, there is a man from RSS who works with the Minister. The Minister is not operating on his own,” he said.
Stating that the Ministers are being guided by RSS on what to do, he said “the approach is of capture, the approach is here is an institution and let us capture it; as opposed to allowing an institution to serve the people of India and allowing the people of India to capture the institution.”
“This is the fundamental conflict we have with BJP.Their idea is wherever they go they plant people with their ideology into that organization,” he said adding that Congress’ idea is to “democratize” institutions, while BJP believes in “bureaucratizing” them.
As he wrapped up his “Janarshirvad Yatra” in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, Gandhi told reporters that there was a “good atmosphere” for his party in the state.
The Hyderabad-Karnataka region comprises the districts of Bidar, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, Ballari, and Kalaburagi, which formed part of the Nizam ruled Hyderabad state till 1948.
“It was a good visit. I have met lakhs of people, had good interactions. There is a good atmosphere for Congress party,” he said.
The ruling Congress is seeking to retain power in Karnataka, where Assembly polls are due early this year, while BJP is eyeing to wrest from it the only southern state the saffron party has ever ruled. The Congress had unseated BJP in Karnataka in 2013.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi posted a video showing highlights of the campaign ‘Jana Ashirwada Yatre’, during which he held rallies, interacted with farmers and visited temples and a dargah.
“Thank you Karnataka for your warmth and affection!” he tweeted.
Though the schedule for election in Karnataka is yet to be declared, the campaign for the high-voltage poll has already begun.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today accused the Centre of having a “non-existent” policy for Kashmir and blamed the BJP-PDP alliance for the bloodshed in the region.
He also attacked the prime minister, saying while he was “dithering”, soldiers were paying with their blood because of the “opportunistic” alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.
“PDP says ‘talks’ with Pakistan. BJP Defence Minister says ‘Pakistan will pay the price’. While our soldiers pay with their blood for BJP/PDP’s opportunistic alliance and non-existent Kashmir policy; Modi Ji dithers,” he said on Twitter.
The Congress has often attacked the government on Kashmir and its alliance with the PDP in the state.