The Hindu

Cong. says more alliances under way to defeat BJP

- MEHBOOB JEELANI

NEW DELHI: As the tri-party alliance triumphed in the Bihar polls and pushed the BJP on the back foot, the Congress Saturday hinted that similar electoral combinatio­ns would be formed to fight the coming assembly elections across the country.

While addressing a massive crowd here at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, which had assembled to mark the 125th birth anniversar­y of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi urged people to believe in the secular vision of the country’s first Prime Minister. He then turned towards a group of workers from Bihar and congratula­ted them for helping the grand alliance win the recent elections. “You in alliance with Nitish and Lalu have given a massive jolt to the ideology of the BJP and the RSS,” said Mr. Gandhi. “We are going to do the same elsewhere in the country”

The Congress hosted the event not only to commemorat­e Nehru’s birth anniversar­y but also to kick-start a new phase of politickin­g—that could safeguard the Nehruvian legacy and thwart attempts that endanger the secular character of India. At present, the party believes that at the behest of the RSS, the BJP government aims to turn the country into a Hindu nation that fosters social apartheid and snatch legal entitlemen­ts from the minorities.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused Prime Minister Modi of being “dictatoria­l” and said that compared to Nehru, who “taught Indians to love and respect each other,” the ideologica­l vision harboured by Mr. Modi was deeply divisive.

Ms. Sonia said that the BJP blatantly accuse people of being “unpatrioti­c” because they don’t approve of their views.

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