Should rights be given according to population? Modi asks Congress after Bihar caste survey
The Congress was being run not by its leaders but by some "behind the curtain" elements in nexus with anti-national forces, he alleged
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to turn the caste census on its head by asking the Congress party to clarify if rights can be given in proportion to the population.
He also sought to know whether the grand old party wanted to decrease the rights of Muslims, India’s largest religious minority.
Modi’s statements come a day after the Bihar government released a caste survey, which revealed that OBCs and EBCs constitute a whopping 63 per cent of the state's population.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hailed the Bihar survey, saying the country needs a caste-based census to give people their rights as per their population.
Addressing an election rally of the BJP at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh, Modi alleged that the Congress had reached a secret pact with some other country and was deriving pleasure in speaking against India.
The prime minister also said the Congress was being run not by its leaders but by some “behind the curtain” elements in nexus with anti-national forces.
“Congress says the 'abadi' (population) of people will decide the rights (on resources), but for Modi, poor people are the biggest ‘abadi’ of the country and they have the first right over resources,” he said.
“What would former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh be thinking? Manmohan Singhji used to say minorities have the first right over national resources and Muslims have the first right over resources. But now the Congress is saying the population will decide who will get how much share of rights. Do they want to decrease the rights of Muslims?” he asked.
“Should Hindus take all the rights? The Congress should clarify whether the rights will be given according to the population. Does the Congress want to remove minorities?” he asked.
“I have been saying this that the Congress is no longer being run by Congress people. Big leaders of Congress are sitting with their mouths shut. Now those people are running Congress from behind the curtain who are in nexus with anti-national forces,” he alleged.
“The Congress wants to destroy India by dividing the Hindus at any cost and wants to divide the poor," he alleged. "What secret pact the Congress has entered into with some other country it has not disclosed so far. After the agreement, the Congress is taking pleasure in speaking against India.”
“It is presenting the good things of India in a bad light and enjoying it. It seems their love for the country has declined,” he said. He accused the Congress of converting ‘loktantra’ (democracy) to ‘loot-tantra’ (corruption) and ‘prajatantra’ (democracy) to ‘parivartantra’ (dynasty).
(With agency inputs)