New Delhi, Oct 5 : In a sharp attack on the BJP and the RSS, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that 'a single, suffocating ideology was being imposed upon 1.2 billion Indians'.
In a keynote address at the HT leadership summit, Mr Gandhi said, 'What we see in India today is defaming the imagination. Single, suffocating ideology is being imposed upon 1.2 billion Indians. Aspiration is turning into anger....people in power claim monopoly over knowledge. They do not hear you.'
'You can't run a country without conversations. I have tried to have conversations with the government,' he said.
Charging the RSS with destroying institutions, he said,'the idea of the RSS is to take over all institutions in the country.'
Describing India as a partnership between all its peoples, he said ,'what is a country if it's not about conversation. India is a partnership between all its peoples. We don't believe in binaries. We must re-imagine that India where the mind is without fear.'
Attacking the government on demonetisation and fir using Aadhaar as a tool for intruding into lives of people, the Congress president said, 'Demonetisation was a ridiculous thing to do: The idea of Aadhaar was to support people, make their lives simple. Now it has become a tool for monitoring them.'
Replying to a question, he said Congress alliance with BSP not working out would not impacting the party in elections, 'I don't see the (Congress) alliance with BSP not working out impacting us in elections.'
Attacking the government on the lack of jobs and destruction of the small and medium businesses, Mr Gandhi said, 'there are two central problems. One is there are no jobs. There is need to open up small, medium businesses. But the government is attacking them.' (UNI)