The Congress is the oldest political party in Bharat and has ruled the country for many decades. No matter how badly Congress and its leaders fared administratively, there is no doubt that Congress was the first party to have a mass base in the entire country, and even today its ecosystem is very strong.
But for the last few years, Congress has gone down a different path altogether. After the pivotal defeat in the 2014 elections, the party has been out of power and its dominance has been declining in one state after the other where Congress once wielded power. Congress’s influence has diminished and perhaps that is why the party has pressed the panic button.
Congress, and especially its leadership, have been making weird statements for many years, whether it was regarding the surgical strikes, Bharat-China confrontation, or Defence deals, the Congress leaders left no opportunity to make anti-national statements. But recently, Congress’s unofficial President Rahul Gandhi’s remarks in Parliament have not only sowed the seeds of divisiveness in the country but have also created doubts in the minds of the people about the definition of Bharat as a nation.
On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi was speaking during the debate on the Motion of Thanks on President Kovind’s address. He leveled many baseless allegations against the Central government and Prime Minister Modi. He claimed that the Modi government is seeking to suppress the concept of the Union of States as against the idea of a Monarchy that was demolished in 1947.
“There are two visions of this country. One vision is that it is a union of states meaning it is a negotiation, meaning it is a conversation, meaning I can go to my brother in Tamil Nadu and I say ‘What do you want?’ and he says, ‘this is what I want.’ He then asks me ‘What do you want?’ and I say ‘this is what I want.’ It is a partnership, it is not a kingdom. You will never, ever in your entire life, rule over the people of Tamil Nadu, it cannot be done,” Rahul Gandhi said.
He further spread an ill-conceived but dangerous concept that ”India is described in the Constitution as a union of states and not as a nation. One cannot rule over the people of a state in India. Different languages and cultures cannot be suppressed. It is a partnership, not a kingdom.”
Out of nowhere, he brought the reference of Tamil Nadu and dared the Central government and claimed that “You think you can suppress them. You have no idea of history; you have no idea what you are dealing with. Because the people of Tamil Nadu have inside their hearts the idea of Tamil Nadu, the idea of Tamil language, and also the Idea of India. Do not be confused”.
When Rahul Gandhi came out of the parliament, a journalist asked him, “You spoke about Tamil Nadu many times.” To this, Rahul immediately replied, “Main Tamil Hoon Na.”
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin took to Twitter and thanked Rahul Gandhi for his “rousing speech in the Parliament, expressing the idea of Indian Constitution in an emphatic manner.” “You have voiced the long-standing arguments of Tamils in the Parliament, which rest on the unique cultural and political roots that value self respect,” he also tweeted.
Can you see the dangerous precedence here? While delivering a speech on the President’s Address, Rahul Gandhi questioned the concept of Bharat, then raised the issue of Tamil Nadu, and at the same time challenged the central government and the BJP that they would never be able to rule there. His claim of being a Tamil himself, and then subsequent support coming from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, who has wholeheartedly supported Rahul Gandhi’s statement in it, is indeed a very dangerous trend.
Do you know, in order to support their leader, several Congress leaders have changed the location of their Twitter handle to ‘Union of India’. Rahul Gandhi also abused the MP’s privilege and blamed the constitutional institutions such as the Judiciary and Election Commission for acting in a ‘partial’ manner. His statements prove that he doesn’t believe in democracy and has no respect for constitutional authorities.
Congress has realized that they can’t defeat BJP electorally and assume power, at least in the near future. Hence, it is attempting to create disturbances between different states using the regional card to gain political mileage out of it. We saw how Congress supported the forces that divided the country in the name of the farmers’ movement or anti CAA protests, we have seen how they behave when Bharat faces any security threats.
Well, what can one do when Congress has decided to press the self-destruct button? These tactics of Congress are going to cause great harm to the party in the near future. The Congress was ousted from power because of its misdeeds, but such anti-national acts have only increased the feeling of hatred for it the minds of the common people which will only ensure it ceases to exist.