Rahul Gandhi is continuing the tradition of divide and rule adopted by the Congress from the British. Recently while speaking in Thiruvananthapuram, Gandhi demeaned UP (Uttar Pradesh) voters who made him an MP (Member of Parliament) not once but thrice in addition to giving an entire term to his mother Sonia Gandhi (1999-2004).
Voters who were loyal to the Gandhi family for two decades despite getting almost nothing in return are being abused by the dynast Gandhi only because they booted him out. Insinuating that the voters in the north were superficial, the Wayanad MP who is touring Kerala ahead of the upcoming elections, said that it was a refreshing change to represent people of Kerala.
Of course, such divisive politics comes naturally to Congress in general and the Gandhi parivar (family) in particular. For decades members of the Gandhi family have been milking poverty, caste and now north-south divide for votes. In his address Gandhi said “For the first 15 yrs, I was an MP in north. I had got used to a different type of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was very refreshing as suddenly I found that people are interested in issues & not just superficially but going into detail in issues”.
The only conclusion that can be drawn from this statement is that Gandhi is of the opinion that people in south are much more serious than those in the north about issues, this despite the fact that the Gandhi parivar has thrived on votes of north Bharatiyas including Rahul Gandhi himself until he was booted out by the people of Amethi in 2019 who preferred Smriti Irani over the dynast.
That said, Gandhis and Congress have always resorted to divisive politics. It is either north vs south, east vs west, north-east vs rest of Bharat, one caste vs the other or rich vs poor. The same divisive politics was on display when ANI quoted Gandhi as saying “I was talking to some students in the US and I said that I really enjoy going to Kerala. It’s not just affection but the way you do your politics. If I might say so, the intelligence with which you do your politics. So, for me, it’s been learning experience & pleasure”.
Abuses western states when in the east, northern states when in the south and the whole of India when abroad
Finds it impossible to utter a sentence without demeaning something about India. Attitude of a colonial overlord. https://t.co/3BuUqdhUVF
— Opinion Bakery (@IndiaSpeaksPR) February 23, 2021
In his attempt to salvage the dwindling electoral fortunes of Congress in the Kerala Assembly elections scheduled to be held in May this year, Gandhi chose to insult the voters of Amethi which come through clearly from his statements.
Instead of insinuating that voters in the north are not as intellectual as those in Kerala, Gandhi should’ve perhaps introspected as to why he was booted out of Amethi. Importantly such divisive statements are only indicative of the political and moral bankruptcy in Congress that begins right at the top with the Gandhis themselves.
The Gandhi scion was severely criticized by top leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who opined that Rahul Gandhi was a man of divisive mentality. Several BJP leaders including party president JP Nadda, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and EAM S Jaishankar launched a scathing attack on Gandhi and said that he was an opportunist attempting to create a north-south divide.
BJP President JP Nadda tweeted “A few days back he was in the Northeast, spewing venom against the western part of India. Today in the South he is spewing venom against the North. Divide and rule politics won`t work, Rahul Gandhi Ji!”
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