RAIPUR: Launching a scathing attack on BJP in the Centre,
national president Mallikarjun
on Friday accused the ruling party of trying to split India by prompting the dispute on renaming India.
Mallikarjun Kharge, who is on a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh, was addressing a public meeting at Congress party’s ‘Bharose ka sammelan’ in Rajnandgaon district on Friday, said, “As soon as we formed an alliance of ‘INDIA’ for upcoming 2024 Loksabha elections, BJP wants to rename the name of the country from India to Bharat, despite that the Constitution has both the names in it. This is like creating a dispute over the name of our country. If they have reservations against the word ‘India’, why did they launch schemes of ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’ etc, ‘Khelo India’?”
“They (BJP) said, we are against mentioning India as Bharat, which is wrong, Kharge said adding, “We love Bharat and it was Rahul Gandhi ji who went on foot march of ‘Bharat jodo yatra’ from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. While we want to unite the country, you (BJP) want to break it. We should fight against this mentality of BJP.”
Raising the issue of Manipur, Kharge targetted the government saying that PM Modi wasn’t even looking towards the riot-hit Manipur.
“Each and every poll and poster of G-20 summit in Delhi, has pictures of only Modi and none of his ministers or respected leaders of the country like Mahatma Gandhi or Pt Nehru. As if everything belongs to him and no one else. Modi was in Gujarat for 13.5 years as chief minister and as ten years as PM, but look at Gujarat, the condition remains the same. Why was no work done like what Congress did in five years in Chhattisgarh? Because BJP doesn’t care for poor but only riches like Ambani and Adani,” Kharge said.
He added that the Congress in Chhattisgarh is the model of Congress and not Modi model. Modi ji should check what Bhupesh Baghel has done in Chhattisgarh, only then he will realize how work is done in the right manner. CM Baghel and his cabinet’s work has been phenomenal. There was a time when minimal quantity of paddy was procured from the farmers, whereas this year one lakh seven thousand metric tons of paddy has been procured, he pointed out.
“This is the government of poor, Dalits, tribals, backward people and farmers.”
Responding to a question related to political tussle on DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin’s remarks on SanatanDharma, Kharge said, “I am not here to talk about anybody’s religion, I am here to attend a programme of poor. Religion and politics are two different things, and there’s no need to mix the two, nor I want to argue on this.”