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Forget BJP winning, even PM may lose Varanasi seat: Rahul Gandhi

Forget BJP winning, even PM may lose Varanasi seat: Rahul Gandhi

On RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark that the Sangh did not endorse the BJP's "Congress-mukt Bharat" slogan, Mr Shah said, "It was a political slogan". Pointing at the opposition unity efforts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and by the DMK, the Trinamool Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party in Tamil Nadu, Gandhi asked, "Where are they (BJP) going to win seats?"

Referring to BJP national president Amit Shah terming the opposition party members "animals", he said: "There are two non-animals in the country, one is Modi and the other is Shah".

In an interaction with a few journalists over breakfast, he said the people of South India and north-east India, minorities, Dalits, and entrepreneurs were being discriminated against. "It is a disrespectful statement, but we don't take what Mr Amit Shah says with too much seriousness", Gandhi said. The politician was campaigning in Karnataka as part of his election tour and a fan of the leader can be seen holding a handsome garland.

The incident took place on April 4 during the second day of his visit to Karnataka.

"This election is a fight between two ideologies. you have the RSS and Shah, an ideology that doesn't respect the average human being", Gandhi said at a rally in Bengaluru that marked the conclusion of his Janashirvada Yatra in Karnataka ahead of the assembly polls on May 12. "Then we have to do some work on transformation of the Congress, brining in younger people", he said.

She had also met Sonia Gandhi, the former Congress president who often does the reaching out to allies and hosts lunch or dinner meetings with opposition leaders.

Hailing the CM for taking such a strong step towards the betterment of sanitation workers, Gandhi said, "Now, when we get the government in Delhi, we will learn from the Karnataka government because the person doing the most hard work should be rewarded the most".

Meanwhile, the BJP accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of adopting "big lie technique" in his attack on the government over the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Accompanied by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Gandhi went to Jakkarayana Kere to interact with Paura Karmikas (sanitation workers). He said that India will have to pay hugely due to PM Modi's landmark November 8 demonetisation decision.

He said the Congress would give a vision for India to move forward.