Expressing concern that the breakdown of democracy in India could have a devastating effect on the world, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the country was witnessing two regimes, one that silenced dissent and the other that listened.
Speaking at the ‘Ideas for India’ conference in London, Rahul said that the opposition parties, including the Congress, needed to come up with an idea against the BJP-RSS ideology that had infiltrated every part of the country. Rahul claims that the BJP has polarized the whole country and gained some of it through “complete domination of the media”.
“The RSS has created a structure that has penetrated a huge population. The opposition and the Congress need to build a structure রয়েছে there is another aspect that is throttling the dialogue because the media has control through this concentration of capital, “Rahul was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
While mocking the BJP government led by the ruling Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul accused the BJP of creating a volatile environment in the country.
“India is not in a good place. BJP has spread kerosene all over the country. You need a spark and we’re in big trouble. I think it is the responsibility of the opposition, of the Congress too – to unite the people, the community, the state and the religion, “said Rahul.
Asked about the way to deal with the BJP’s dominance in the country’s politics, Rahul said the opposition should “aggressively” reach out to the remaining 60-70% of the population who are not voting for the BJP.
“We have to go much more aggressively to the masses, to 60-70% of the people who do not vote for the BJP and we have to do it together,” he said.
Describing the Modi government’s privatization drive as “very dangerous”, Rahul claimed that most of the country’s infrastructure was owned by a company.
“I think it’s very dangerous for a company to control all the airports, all the ports, all the infrastructure. It (exclusive to the private sector) never existed in this form. It has never existed with such a huge concentration of power and capital, ”said Rahul, referring to the Adani Group.
Rahul also warned that if the BJP is not stopped, the political atmosphere in the country may become more heated.
“We have to reduce this temperature because if this temperature is not cold, things can go wrong,” said Rahul.