New Delhi: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took up the cudgels against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the PM and the RSS want India to surrender its voice.
Observing that there were "two ways to rob people of their voice" - either by frightening them into submission or by shouting so loudly that no one else can be heard, Rahul said, "Narendra Modiji and the RSS are doing exactly that."
He said what is happening today is the "systematic capture of India's democratic institutions. By the PM, bureaucrats and the RSS".
The Gandhi scion targeted the demonetisation drive - which rendered more than 85% of total currency illegal - saying the move was publicly proclaimed as a stroke of genius, but privately they called it insanity.
Attacking Modi on demonetisation and for not listening to the farmers, Gandhi said, "The emperor is completely naked, but nobody around him has the courage to tell it to him."
Congress leader was speaking at Karnataka government's "Quest for Equity" event, marking the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar. He said that the Modi government wants to "mutilate" the Constitution given by Ambedkar.
He went on to say that Hitler once wrote: "Keep a very firm grasp on reality so you can strangulate it anytime." Today this is what is happening around us, Rahul said.
In the shadow of a series of lynchings, occurring over the past couple of years, Rahul said that Mohammad Akhlaq was butchered because they said he stole a calf. "It was a lie."
Instead of questioning his brutal killing, Rahul said, they are asking if the meat in the fridge was mutton or beef.
Earlier in the day, while reacting to former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah's suggestion that India should explore the option of a third party to bring a solution to the Kashmir problem, Rahul had said that "for a long time, I have been saying that Modi and his govt's policies have burnt Kashmir."
Ridiculing Modi's talk about "plastic surgery and Ganeshji," Gandhi said, "He talks about nuclear weapons and flying chariot in ancient India, about the perfect country without misery, without poverty and without the crime of caste. Well let me tell you he is lying."
"The BJP wants to paint a lie over India so that they can return to a forgotten time... forgotten age. An age where people were humiliated by power, where people voices were crushed... where millions and millions of Indians were untouchables."
"The truth embedded in the history of India is the betrayal of the weakest by the powerful," he said. The conference, inaugurated by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King III and attended by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, has been organised to commemorate the 126th birth annivesary of Ambedkar.
(with inputs from PTI)