Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while interacting with Cornell University Professor Kaushik Basu said that his grandmother Indira Gandhi’s decision to impose Emergency was ‘wrong’. Professor Kaushik Basu had asked Rahul Gandhi about what was Indira Gandhi, the prime minister at the time felt when she had proposed to impose an emergency in 1975 and what is happening in India now.
“There is a fundamental difference between what happened in the emergency, and it was wrong and what is happening now. The Congress party at no point attempted to capture India’s institutional framework and frankly, the congress party doesn’t even have that capability. Our design doesn’t allow us that, even if we want to do it, we can’t do it,” Rahul Gandhi commented to the question.
In a scathing remark, he further added that Indira Gandhi or Congress party as a whole has never tried to capture institutions, unlike PM Narendra Modi and RSS. “The RSS is doing something fundamentally different. They are actually filling the institutions with their people. Even if we defeat the BJP in the election, we are not going to get rid of their people in the institutional structure,” he retorted as he accused the RSS of installing their people into institutions.
He further questioned BJP over lack of internal democracy within their own party ranks, “I am the first person who says that democratic election within the party is absolutely critical but it is interesting to me that this question is not asked about any other political party. Nobody asked why is there no internal democracy in BJP, BSP, and Samajwadi Party”, he said.
Rahul Gandhi has been targeted by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its supporters over his political strategy to counter BJP in the upcoming elections. The Assembly polls in 4 states and 1 Union Territory are due to take place from the last week of March. Rahul Gandhi who was visiting poll-bound states was criticized after he went for a swim with fishermen in Kanyakumari and danced with Tamil school students. A video of him taking up a ‘push-up’ challenge in Tamil Nadu went viral and many slammed the Congress leader and said instead of hitting the gym, he should be focusing on wooing voters and strategizing his next political move.