BJP arm-twisting Tamil Nadu to rule by proxy, says Rahul Gandhi

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Alleging that the BJP's "cultural imperialism" was not acceptable to the people of the country, he claimed that it was of the view that only those who believed in the RSS and others - be it the Congress or other parties - should not exist.

For the first time, AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav and other like-minded national leaders shared a dais in residual Andhra Pradesh demanding special category status for the state as assured by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the floor of Rajya Sabha.

Party sources said that the meeting is expected to ratify the schedule for organisational polls which culminate with election of Congress President.

Describing Special Category Status as a right of the people, All India Congress Committee vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday wondered why the ruling TDP and opposition parties of the state were hell bent on denying the people of their right.

When asked whether the BJP government at the Centre is controlling the Tamil Nadu government, he said, "Yes, it is".

He alleged that BJP did not fundamentally "understand India", and that they understood "only Nagpur", the headquarters of the RSS. "The BJP is convinced that they run Tamil Nadu".

Summary: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today said he was reading Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita to take on the RSS and BJP. "Here you have the DMK, the AIADMK, but overall in Tamil Nadu, my feeling and understanding is that there is a political confusion", he told functionaries. Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Sharad Yadav, CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and DMK leader Elangovan were among those who addressed the meeting. We are not going to allow one single idea of RSS to invade this country. "The opposition stands united and it will fight together and defeat the BJP and RSS", Rahul said at press conference here. "Each Indian state has its own culture, its own way of thinking, its own way of expressing itself and its own food", he said.

On the plight of farmers, the Congress V-P said the UPA Government had brought in the Land Acquisition Act 2013 to benefit ryots and ensure that they are not cheated of their lands. "Kashmir is India's strength and they are making it India's weakness", he said.

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