Mail Today - - FRONT PAGE - By Supriya Bhard­waj and Ashutosh Mishra in Raipur/New Delhi

IT WAS thun­der­clap Thurs­day in Kar­nataka whose re­ver­ber­a­tions could be heard as far as Ch­hat­tis­garh and on Twit­ter. Af­ter los­ing steam in the Kar­nataka elec­tions, Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi landed in poll-bound Ch­hat­tis­garh to train his guns at Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in­di­rectly re­fer­ring to him as a dic­ta­tor and say­ing that a “mur­der ac­cused” (Amit Shah) was ap­pointed na­tional pres­i­dent of a po­lit­i­cal party for the first time”.

Don­ning an ag­gres­sive look at Bal­bir Singh Juneja In­door Sta­dium, in Raipur, Rahul launched a blis­ter­ing at­tack on the Modi gov­ern­ment by equat­ing the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance rule to a dic­ta­tor­ship like Pak­istan and some African coun­tries where “the Ju­di­ciary, the me­dia and even some law­mak­ers of the BJP are un­der fear”. “The ju­di­ciary is un­der fear, the press is un­der fear and even some BJP MPs are un­der the same fear as they can­not speak a sin­gle word be­fore the Prime Min­is­ter," he al­leged.

Rahul ad­dressed the Jan Swaraj Sam­me­lan by first men­tion­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary press con­fer­ence of the four Supreme Court Judges held in Jan­uary say­ing that “for the first time, four Supreme Court Judges stood be­fore the press and ad­dressed the peo­ple of this coun­try, and said we need you”. “These things hap­pen in na­tions ruled by dic­ta­tors,” he added in­di­rectly re­fer­ring to the coun­try turn­ing into a dic­ta­to­rial regime un­der Modi.

Ju­di­ciary & me­dia in fear, he al­leged

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi tore into the BJP on Thurs­day.

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