New Delhi, Nov 13: Amidst a bitter feud with the ruling BJP that has allegedly taken the political legacy of leaders of Freedom Movement, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi blasted on prime minister Narendra Modi indirectly, saying angry people are running the nation. He criticised the Modi-led NDA government over its "Clean India Mission".
Addressing the gathering at the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at the Talkatora Stadium here, Rahul alleged that those who are cleaning up the country on one hand are spreading the poison of hatred on the other hand.
"This country is like the house we live in, on one hand people are cleaning up the house and on the other hand, they are spreading the poison of hatred - weakening the basis of our country. When the foundations are weak, then the enemies of this nation benefit," he said.
In an attempt to encourage his party workers, who suffered serious loss in the recent Lok Sabha elections in the country, Rahul said the Congress party has suffered setbacks, but never given up on its ideologies.
"The Congress may have made mistakes, but our intentions were pure. Democracy, if it means anything, means equality; not equality of possessing vote, but economic and social equality. Congress is an organisation that stands for a feeling of love and brotherhood".
Recalling Jawaharlal Nehru's love for the country, Rahul said that the first Prime Minister of India had thanked the Britishers for putting him in jail and keeping him isolated, thus, making him realise his love for the motherland.
"In that, there was no anger - he thanked the British for putting him in jail and making him realize his love for the motherland," he said.
The Congress vice-president also credited Nehru for promoting English in the country, without which the IITs and the IIMs would not have been possible.
"Many wanted to get rid of English after 1947, but Nehruji said we will use English language to unite with the world. Nehruji said we must be connected to world, Britishers have left but we will benefit from their language," he added.
It should be noted that Congress on Thursday kick started a series of commemorative events to mark the 125th birth anniversary of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru amid much fanfare, a day before his birth anniversary to make it a grand event after the party's failure in the general elections.
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