New Delhi: Accusing the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “arrogance”, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Modi should begin to deliver on his poll promises with speed or else the people would “throw him out of power”.
The Congress, the youth and writers who returned their awards were saying that “you are the prime minister of the country; stop making promises and begin working”, Gandhi told media persons after the victory of the Grand Alliance in Bihar.
“The country’s (progress) has stopped for (the last) one year. Your vehicle is not getting started. Start it and press the accelerator. If you do not press the accelerator, the people of the country will open the door of the vehicle and throw you out,” he said.
“It is a victory against (attempts to) pitch Hindus against Muslims. This country belongs to all. We have scored a big victory over divisiveness, anger and arrogance,” he said.
The country was telling Modi that he, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party cannot divide it, the Congress leader said.
“There is one message for Modi-ji which is ringing throughout India and he should listen and understand it carefully. He is the prime minister of the country and the whole country is telling him that he, the RSS and BJP cannot divide it.”
“Bihar verdict is not a victory against the NDA but against the ideology of the RSS, the BJP and Modi,” Gandhi said and asked the prime minister to cut down on his foreign tours.
He congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad over the success, saying it was a “victory of truth and brotherhood”.
“We will show it in the coming days that this country does not belong to a particular caste or religion but belongs to everyone. There should be brotherhood,” he said.
The Congress leader alleged that the BJP and Modi had become arrogant. “I say that this arrogance should come down. It will benefit him and the country.”
Referring to the controversial remarks made by BJP leaders and the prime minister during the Bihar assembly elections, he said: “It does not behove them.”
“The message is very clear that this country needs love and brotherhood.”
“You go to England, the United States and China. You talk of Pakistan. Please stop roaming. Talk of farmers also and go among them. Go among the youth whom you promised employment. Embrace them and run the country,” Gandhi said.
First Published | 8 November 2015 9:05 PM