THIS HAPPENS IN PAK, AFRICA
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.