Shillong, March 29: The opposition Congress launched the Jai Bharat Satyagraha to protest against the recent conviction and disqualification of its leader Rahul Gandhi as Lok Sabha MP.
AICC media coordinator and Assam PCC senior spokesperson Bobbeeta Sharma told reporters that the Jai Bharat Satyagraha will start from today and continue from today till April 8.
During this period a series of street corner meetings will be organised.
Sharma said that Congress will do everything to save democracy.
She alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is willing to destroy Democracy in order to save his "Param Mitr" Adani.
"Rahul Gandhi has been targeted because he asked Modi ji about Adani," the Congress leader said.
She said that on February 7, Rahul Gandhi asked 2 simple questions about the Adani Mega Scam in his speech in the Parliament –
Rs. 20,000 crore or 3 billion dollars are in shell companies owned by Adani. Adani could not have generated this money. He is in the infrastructure business, where did this money come from? Whose money, is it? Whose shell companies are these? These companies are working in the Defence field. Why does nobody know? Whose money is this? There is a Chinese national involved in this. Why is nobody asking the question, who is this Chinese national? That was the first question.
Rahul Gandhi also asked what is the Prime Minister’s relationship with Adani?
He showed the picture of PM Modi in Adani’s plane, relaxing. He gave documentation about the Defence industry, the airports, about statements made in Sri Lanka, statements made in Bangladesh and pictures of Narendra Modi sitting with the State Bank (of India) Chairman in Australia who reportedly sanctioned a $1 Billion loan to Adani. That was the second set of questions, with proof.
Sharma said just 9 days after Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament on Adani’s scam, the defamation case against him was revived.
Very specific references to Adani Scam from Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s speech in Rajya Sabha and Rahul Gandhi’s speech (almost entirely) were expunged from Parliament’s records.
She said in the ongoing second half of the Budget session of the Parliament, for the first time in the history of India a Ruling party – the BJP is disrupting the Parliament and not letting it function. This is a diversionary tactic to save Adani. While a United Opposition wants a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) on the same.
She also said Rahul Gandhi was attacked by BJP Ministers and denied an opportunity to speak in Parliament despite three requests to the Speaker, including two written requests and one meeting. This clearly shows that PM Modi doesn’t want his relationship with Adani to be exposed.
Stating that BJP’s diversionary tactics are proven by 3 ridiculous allegations, Sharma said, "First, they claimed that Shri Rahul Gandhi asked “foreign forces” to help India in London. That is a White Lie! If anyone goes through the entire transcript of Rahul Gandhi’s statements in the U.K., they would not find any such statement. Instead, what he said was “this is our problem (erosion of democratic institutions under Modi); it is an internal problem and it is India’s problem and the solution is going to come from inside, it is not going to come from outside”
She said second, BJP is now raising the bogus bogey saying Shri Rahul Gandhi indulged in targeting the OBC, just because he asked a question to PM Modi! Another Bogus diversionary tactic by the BJP! How can a person who walked 4000 km in the “Bharat Jodo Yatra”- to spread unity – target a community?
Third, then came BJP’s disqualification. Within 24 hours of the judgement by a lower court in Surat, Gujarat- BJP moved at “lightning speed” to disqualify Shri Gandhi from the Lok Sabha, even though the court itself had given him 30 days to appeal in a higher court! Why is BJP so scared of Shri Rahul Gandhi ? she asked.
She said BJP President J P Nadda’s cheap ploy to allege that the OBC community has been insulted proved clear frustration.
"Firstly, the statement made by Rahul Gandhi was asking why some thieves have the same surname (Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, and Narendra Modi) – not that anyone called Modi is a thief. No community was targeted. Secondly, neither Nirav Modi nor Lalit Modi is OBCs. And whatever their caste, did they not commit fraud? Why is the BJP protecting fraudsters?
Thirdly, the Congress party has 2 OBC Chief Ministers. This proves that Congress values their contribution," she added.
Further, Sharma said that Rahul Gandhi and Congress will not get scared.
"During the Bharat Jodo Yatra, we went directly to the people and heard their concerns – price rise, unemployment, social inequality, and the capture of institutions. We will continue to raise these issues of the people and continue to send our message directly to the people," she said.
"The maximum two-year sentence for criminal defamation is unheard of – we can hardly find cases where it was given, especially to an elected representative. On the other hand, cases against BJP leaders are dealt with exceeding leniency. BJP MP from Banda, Uttar Pradesh, RK Singh Patel, was convicted in November for halting a train, blocking public roads, and pelting stones at police personnel – but only got 1 year in prison," she added.
The Congress leader also reminded that the British used to punish Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel and Maulana Azad either with sedition or jail sentences and said, "The Congress eventually won against the British. Now, the Modi government is targeting Rahul Gandhi for exposing thieves and scamsters. The Congress will win again."