Congress President Rahul Gandhi demands apology from RSS for ‘insulting’ remarks on Indian Army

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi condemned the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat today for his “disrespectful” comments against Indian Army. In a scorching tweet, the 47-year-old president demanded an apology from RSS following Bhagwat questioned: “preparedness of Indian Army to fight enemies at the border”.

“Shame on you Mr. Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army,” tweeted Gandhi. Using the hashtag “#ApologizeRSS, Rahul Gandhi further tweeted, “The RSS chief’s speech is an insult to every Indian because it disrespects those who have died for our nation. It is an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it.” The Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Patidar activist Hardik Patel, on the other hand, also joined Gandhi in attacking the RSS chief. “RSS is an army of underwear-clad men who spark riots in country. I urge Bhagwat to go sell pakodas across country so that Modi can give government jobs to youth of our country,” Jignesh Mevani tweeted.

Also, Mevani’s colleague Patel said “no one needs to learn patriotism” from Bhagwat. “A case should be registered against Bhagwat for calling Indian Army weak,” Patel tweeted. The RSS chief incited a row on Sunday following he compared Sangh cadre with Indian Army personnel. “Despite not being a military organization, Sangh can prepare military personnel within three days which the Army normally takes months to do. This is our capability,” said Mohan Bhagwat while speaking at an RSS function in Muzaffarnagar, Bihar. “If the nation requires, and our constitution permits, the RSS is ready to go to border and fight for country’s safety,” Bhagwat said.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi, Arun Jaitley, comes up with new acronym for GDP

On Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over its “Gross Divisive Politics” (GDP) following a day the Central Statistics Office (CSO) projected India’s economic growth rate for 2017-18 will be lower than the 7.1% achieved in 2016-17. The 47-year-old Congress leader tweeted after the Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley of ignoring economic wisdom and dealing a “catastrophic” blow to India’s growth.

Gandhi criticized the government for slow bank credit growth and low job creation. On Friday, the party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the double whammy of “Modi Made Disaster of Demonetization” and the implementation of a flawed GST was responsible for the economy’s downturn. “An arrogant Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a failed finance minister Arun Jaitley, hell bent upon ignoring economic wisdom, have dealt a catastrophic blow to India’s growth story as proved by the latest GDP estimates slumping from 7.3% to 6.5%,” Surjewala said. He added that the reality had stagnated, job creation was terrible, exports were in dire straits, stalled projects were burgeoning, inflation continued unchecked and rural suffering was at record high.

“Hype, hyperbole and headline management cannot be a substitute to the grim reality on the ground,” he added. It is expected that India’s growth is set to slow down to four-year low of 6.5% this fiscal, the lowest under the NDA regime, primarily due to GST impact on manufacturing and subdued farm output. In 2016-17, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 7.1% and 8% in the past year.