On the 89th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930 Dandi March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the Opposition in his blog saying “Gandhi Ji had understood the Congress culture very well, which is why he wanted it disbanded”.
The blog comes on a day when the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting will be held at Gandhinagar in Gujarat to discuss the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The meeting would be followed by a mega rally at Adalaj town in Gandhinagar where Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to address her first public rally after entering politics.
CWC, the highest decision-making body of the Congress, will be meeting in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the first time since 1961, after a gap of 58 years.
In his blog titled “When a handful of salt shook an Empire”, PM Modi wrote that “Gandhi Ji taught us to think of the plight of the poorest person we have seen and think about how our work impacts that person”.
“I am proud to say that in all aspects of our Government’s work, the guiding consideration is to see how it will alleviate poverty and bring prosperity,” he said.
Tributes to Bapu and all those who marched with him to Dandi in pursuit of justice and equality.
Sharing a few thoughts on the Dandi March, the ideals of Bapu and his disdain for the Congress culture in my blog.https://t.co/QVuDNCZoXL
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 12 March 2019
However, he took a dig at the Opposition saying “the anti-thesis of Gandhian thought is the Congress culture”.
PM Modi said Gandhi did not believe in inequality and caste divisions but the Congress has never hesitated from dividing society.
“The worst caste riots and anti-Dalit massacres happened under Congress rule,” he wrote.
He further accused the grand old party of corruption saying the nation has seen how Congress and corruption have become synonyms. Name the sector and there will be a Congress scam- from defence, telecom, irrigation, sporting events to agriculture, rural development and more, he wrote.
The PM said Gandhiji spoke about detachment and staying away from excess wealth. However, all that Congress has done is to fill their own bank accounts and lead luxurious lifestyles at the cost of providing basic necessities to the poor.
A firm believer in democracy, Bapu said, “I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong,” PM Modi said adding that the Congress gave the nation the Emergency, when our democratic spirit was trampled over. “The Congress misused Article 356 several times. If they did not like a leader, that Government was dismissed. Always eager to promote dynastic culture, Congress has no regard for democratic values,” he wrote.
“Gandhi Ji had understood the Congress culture very well, which is why he wanted the Congress disbanded, especially after 1947,” he added.