The newly crowned Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of taking India backwards into the medieval ages during a speech to mark his elevation as the party chief on Saturday.
The Gandhi scion was formally elevated as the new head of the party, taking over the reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi who stepped down from the role following a long stint of 19 years.
Rahul Gandhi’s crowning as the Congress president took place at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi where a number of Congress leaders were present including former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and outgoing party president Sonia Gandhi.
The crowning ceremony of Rahul Gandhi was celebrated by his supporters who burst crackers to express their joy. At one point of time, they got carried away so much that Sonia Gandhi in her speech was repeatedly interrupted by the noise.
It was ironic that the Congress supporters burnt crackers in Delhi where the pollution levels have been critical which has even led to the banning of firecrackers during Diwali.
Rahul Gandhi, in his speech, boasted that while the Congress party took the country into the 21st century, Narendra Modi was taking the country backwards. The Congress president accused the BJP of creating hatred and violence across the country, saying that now people are getting killed on the basis of who they are.
Spreading more venom on the BJP, Rahul Gandhi said that he was cautioning the saffron party from “setting the nation on fire”.
Rahul Gandhi said: “You have an example in front of you, once fire breaks out it is difficult to douse it, that is what we are telling the people of BJP, that if you set the nation on fire it will be difficult to control. Today BJP has spread the fire of violence across the country.”
The Congress president asked the party workers and leaders to take a step ahead and prevent BJP from “attempts to spread violence”.