Rahul Gandhi Asks Crowd in Jammu to Chant ‘Jai Mata Di’

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi  | KO File Photo

Says BJP, RSS Trying to break composite culture

Jammu: Congress leader and Member Parliament Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that he belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family and feels home like vibes after visiting Jammu and Kashmir.

“The feeling of love, brotherhood and composite culture exists among you all. I feel sad that the RSS and BJP are trying to break this culture,” Gandhi said in his address to Congress office-bearers and workers at a party function on the second day of his two-day visit to Jammu.

“They (RSS, BJP) attack love and brotherhood… You got weakened and as a result, they took away your statehood,” he added.

The Congress leader exhorted the gathering to chant ”Jai Mata Di”, a day after he paid obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra.

“I went to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine yesterday. There are three symbols of mata (pindis) there—Mata Durga, Mata Lakshmi and Mata Saraswati,” Gandhi said.

Goddess Durga protects us, Lakshmi is a symbol of power, and Saraswati symbolises education and knowledge, he said.

“When these three shaktis are in your home and country, your home and country will make progress,” he said.

However, the BJP government’s policies like demonetisation and GST have weakened their powers, he said. Whereas, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and the GDP with a growth rate of nine per cent under the Congress had increased their powers, he added.

Pointing towards his hand, Gandhi correlated the Congress election symbol with Lord Shiva and Guru Nanak Dev, and said it was the symbol of being fearless.

“This hand is the symbol that you should not be afraid of anything,” Gandhi said, adding that the “BJP is afraid of everything”.

He said that he will soon visit Ladakh region.

‘I’m Kashmiri Pandit’

“My family has a long relationship with Jammu and Kashmir. I’m a Kashmiri Pandit and my family is Kashmiri Pandit, Gandhi said.

“Today morning, a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits met me. They told me that Congress implemented many welfare schemes for them, but BJP has done nothing. I promise my Kashmiri Pandit brothers that I will do something definitely for them,”he said.

BJP slams Rahul Gandhi

Meanwhile the BJP on Friday slammed Rahul Gandhi, pinning the woes of Kashmiri pandits on “appeasement politics” of his party, the Congress.

The ruling party, in a statement, said that Rahul Gandhi while speaking in Jammu said that he too was a Kashmiri Pandit and he was pained by the plight of Kashmiris and Kashmiri Pandits but “astonishingly very conveniently forgot that the woes of the Kashmiri Pandits were because of the politics of appeasement of Congress and like-minded parties”.

“The Congress for its petty vote bank politics sacrificed not only the Kashmiri Pandits but also the development of Kashmir,” the saffron party said, also accusing him of “playing with the sentiments of the Hindus by saying that the powers of Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi have decreased after Modi ji came to power”.

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