Millennium Post (Kolkata)

‘BJP makes noise, but doesn’t have courage to change Constituti­on’

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asserts that the truth and the country’s people are on his side

- OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday claimed the ruling BJP makes “lot of noise” but does not have enough courage to “change” the Constituti­on, and asserted that the truth and the country’s people are on his side.

Notably, BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde recently said his party needed a two-third majority in both Houses of Parliament to amend the Constituti­on and “set right the distortion­s and unnecessar­y additions made to it by the Congress”.

The BJP subsequent­ly moved to defuse the row sparked by Hegde’s remarks as it dubbed it as his “personal opinion” and sought a clarificat­ion from him.

Rahul Gandhi was addressing a gathering in a hall here after taking out the ‘Nyay Sankalp Padyatra’ from the Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi’s

home in Mumbai, to the August Kranti Maidan, where the Quit India movement started in 1942 during India’s struggle for independen­ce from the British rule.

He said, “The BJP makes a lot of noise, but it does not have enough courage to change the Constituti­on. Truth and the people’s support are on our side.”

The Lok Sabha member from Wayanad said the current fight is between two “expression­s”, not just between the BJP and the Congress.

“One thinks the country should run centrally, where one person possesses all the knowledge. Contrary to this, we think there should be decentrali­sation of power, and people’s voices should be heard,” Rahul Gandhi said. If a person holds an IIT degree, it does not make him/her more knowledgea­ble than a farmer, he said.

But the BJP does not function like this, the former Congress president said.

“(Prime Minister) Modi and the RSS have a vision that knowledge lies with one person...farmers, labourers and the unemployed youth have no knowledge,” he added.

On Saturday, the Congress MP concluded his 63-dayold ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ here by paying tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar at his memorial ‘Chaityabho­omi’ in central Mumbai and reading the Preamble of the Constituti­on.

 ?? PTI ?? Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi addresses during the party’s ‘Nyay Sankalp Sabha’, in Mumbai, on Sunday
PTI Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi addresses during the party’s ‘Nyay Sankalp Sabha’, in Mumbai, on Sunday

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