THIS HAP­PENS IN PAK, AFRICA

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Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Thurs­day de­scribed the Kar­nataka de­vel­op­ments as what hap­pens in a dic­ta­tor­ship, not­ing that "it hap­pened in Pak­istan & some coun­tries of Africa."

"Some­thing like this hap­pened for the first time in a demo­cratic coun­try. This hap­pened for the first time in 70 years in in­de­pen­dent In­dia," he said while ad­dress­ing a pan­chayat lead­ers meet­ing in Raipur.

The Congress pres­i­dent also brought up the ex­tra­or­di­nary press con­fer­ence held in Jan­uary by Justice Che­lamesh­war and his col­leagues, 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."

‘‘The ju­di­ciary is un­der fear, the press is un­der fear and even the BJP's Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are un­der the same fear as they can­not speak a sin­gle word be­fore the prime min­is­ter," he said. Re­fer­ring to all kinds of in­sti­tu­tions, and cit­ing Pak­istan and African coun­tries as ex­am­ples, he said, "These things do hap­pen in dic­ta­tor­ships."

Gandhi also trained his guns on the RSS, ac­cus­ing it of filling up In­dian in­sti­tu­tions -- such as the press and cen­tres of ed­u­ca­tion -- with its own peo­ple.

He claimed that when the Congress gov­erned the coun­try, it did no such things.

Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary Ashok Gehlot, in turn, lashed out at Chief Min­is­ter B S Yed­dyu­rappa for an­nounc­ing a farm loan waiver up to Rs 1 lakh im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing sworn in as an il­le­git­i­mate chief min­is­ter of Kar­nataka. "The BJP doesn't have num­bers, yet they man­aged to get their can­di­date to take oath and now, with­out proving ma­jor­ity, they are mak­ing an­nounce­ments," he tweeted, adding "how sure they are of caus­ing de­fec­tions, buy­ing and ma­nip­u­lat­ing sup­port."

In an­other tweet, he said: "This coun­try has never seen such a sce­nario, where dis­sent and di­ver­gent voice is curbed bru­tally. Their thirst for power and con­trol is not only un­prece­dented but a danger­ous trend in democ­racy."

Gehlot tweeted that Rahul "has been warn­ing as a re­sult of what we are wit­ness­ing in Kar­nataka...all in­sti­tu­tions, all high of­fices are un­der pres­sure, ei­ther they should tow the BJP line or be ready to face con­se­quences.

"The BJP is not only cap­tur­ing power in States by all un­eth­i­cal means, they want to con­trol the en­tire sys­tem of our coun­try. Modi ji and Amit Shah ji want their yes man, mus­cle­man, money man all over and all around," he added.

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