BHUBANESHWAR: Stating that the fight of Congress for the interest of poor, downtrodden and dalits will continue in Parliament and outside it, All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said 'the BJP cannot brush us aside.'
The BJP's ideology is to run the country in a centralised manner, but India is a diverse country, Rahul said during an interaction session with media. "When you impose a limited idea people react," he said and added that the BJP(RSS) is a closed system.
Coming down heavily on the Narendra Modi led government, the Congress vice-president said that it does not have empathy for the poor and its focus is only five to ten corporates. Alleging that the BJP does not believe in consensus, Rahul sais an ideology cannot be imposed in an uniform manner all over the country.
There is a feeling among the people now that the BJP government is a 'suit boot ki sarkar', Rahul said and added that this impression was reinforced when he wore a suit costing `10 lakh.
Referring to Modi's slogan 'na khaunga, na khane dunga', the Congress vice-president pointed towards several issues including the Lait Modi controversy and Vyapam scam. He alleged that there is a pact with the Naveen Patnaik government in the State as result of which investigation of chitfund scam has also slowed down. But truth is irrelevant for the prime minister, he said.
Criticising the prime minister for his style of functioning, Rahul alleged that the chief ministers of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagalang were not consulted on the Naga accord before it was announced.
Neither the home minister was aware of it, he said and questioned the manner in which it was handled.
Stating that BJP's inability to pass the Land Acquisition Bill in Parliament was a great victory for Congress, the Congress president said people have now started questioning what happened to the poll promises of the Prime Minister.
Rahul, however, claimed that UPA lost the general elections in 2014 despite several good works because of two to three reasons. He said that the Right to Information (RTI) Act, a gift of UPA to the people, was partly to blame for its defeat in the general elections.
The act brought transparency in governance as a result of which there was an impression among the people that corruption has increased. Anti-incumbency and financial support of corporates to BJP were the other reasons of the UPA's defeat, he said.