Congress former chief Rahul Gandhi, during an event at VOC College in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu on Saturday, said that the democracy is dead in India and it is dead because of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“Democracy does not die with a bang, it dies slowly. I am sad to tell you that democracy is dead in India. It is dead because one organisation, the RSS, has combined with huge finances to penetrate and disturb and destroy our institutional balance,” said Gandhi.
Congress leader who commenced his three-day tour of Tamil Nadu Saturday ahead of the state’s Assembly elections which are scheduled to be held on April 6, was given a rousing reception by people in Thoothukudi as he landed at the Thoothukudi airport in the morning.
“In India there is Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha, panchayats, judiciary and a free press. These institutions together hold the nation in place. Over the last six years, we’ve seen a systematic attack on all these institutions,” he told the audience.
According to the Congress leader, the death of democracy is evident through misuse of sedition law and the killing and threatening of people.
“The problem is the concentration of capital has combined with organisation of RSS and destroyed the institutional balance in the country,” he added.
He went on to say: “If all the states do not have equal say, then the power balance between those states is destroyed and that is a serious problem for any country. This is what we are facing.”
While referring BJP’s interferences in Congress states, Rahul Gandhi said: “If we look at MP, and attempts in Rajasthan, Goa, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Arunachal, these are all Congress governments where people gave the mandate to us and concentration of capital took the mandate away from us.”
Gandhi elaborated: “I know the amount of money that was thrown at MLAs in M.P., Rajasthan, we’re talking massive amounts of money…Today, if the Congress party wants to win an election, the only way to win is if we have 2/3rd majority. If we win by 10-15 seats, it’s not a win. It’s a loss because BJP comes, buys the people and has its own govt…We should absolutely have laws that don’t allow MLAs to move but first we need a functioning Parliament, we need a judiciary that is not penetrated by the RSS and BJP, a press that raises this issue.”
Rahul Gandhi also told audience that the country has seen examples of judges taking decisions that the government wants and then they are given plump posts.
“I think at a minimum we should have a cooling-off period of a certain amount of year where judges cannot be given these types of posts.”
Talking about Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Gandhi said that CAA is discriminatory on many counts.
Congress former chief added that RSS and BJP were spearheading a full-scale assault on India’s secularism, which in turn is an attack on the country’s culture and history.