Congress will run a bulldozer on Ram Mandir… What did Kharge say on PM Modi's allegations?

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that if Congress comes to power, it will bulldoze the Ram Temple, is completely false. He said that Congress respects everyone's religion and faith. Kharge also said that the Congress was in power for 55 years, but never stopped anyone from worshiping or snatched away anyone's mangalsutra, as claimed by the Prime Minister. Kharge said in an interview, 'This is a complete lie. That's how they talk. No one from our party has said anything like this nor is it written in the Constitution. We respect all sects and religions and respect everyone's faith. He also said that helping the poor of any community is not appeasement, as alleged by the BJP.

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'BJP and Modi worked to divide the people'

Kharge said, 'Earlier people were living happily, but BJP and Modi ji have worked to divide people for votes. They do such things for votes and accuse others of running bulldozers. He also accused the BJP of running a false campaign against the Congress whenever it came out with schemes to help the poor during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He said that the Prime Minister is now accusing Congress of doing politics of free gifts.

Kharge fiercely targeted BJP

The Congress president said that when the party first brought MNREGA, Food Security Act, Rural Health Mission, BJP opposed them. He also cited land reform and nationalization of banks which were opposed by the BJP. He said, 'Whenever we started schemes for the poor, they criticized it. Now we are talking about giving double ration to the poor.' The Congress president rejected the allegations of appeasement politics and said, 'Imposing injustice on a community is not appeasement. They (BJP) try to create polarization during elections. Whatever we do, they try to present it as appeasement. According to him, 'I would say that BJP does appeasement politics. Giving something to the poor or giving scholarships to the poor, providing education through special schools for Muslims cannot be called appeasement.

'Increasing the reservation limit means reservation for the poor'

Kharge says that increasing the reservation limit means giving reservation to the poor. He said, 'There is 69 percent reservation in Tamil Nadu. Is it for Muslims? We are saying that we will increase the limit like Tamil Nadu. How do Muslims come into this? We want to give reservation for economically weaker sections and do Muslims not come under this? The Congress president said, 'They try to create misunderstanding about everything and whatever we do, everyone will get it. This will happen for everyone. Justifying the demand for conducting caste census, Kharge said it was to ensure that something is given to those communities who have been left out in the past.

Kharge enumerated the policies of Congress

Kharge said, 'Wherever the poor need help, the backward people need help, we will make policies for them. Just as Jawaharlal Nehru made five-year plans, the same will have to be given to those who have not yet received the benefits of development. We are not taking away anyone's rights. He said, 'Earlier we had promised to give Rs 72,000 per year and now we are saying that we will give Rs 1 lakh each to the poor. Congress has done this in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana.

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