Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to debate with him for 10 minutes on the stage. The Congress chief called the prime minister a 'darpok' person. He was addressing the party's minority cell convention at JLN Stadium in the national Capital. Meanwhile, All India Women Congress president Sushmita Dev said at the same event that the Congress party will abolish Triple Talaq if voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. "We are fighting an ideology that is dividing the nation, not any individual," she said.
Sushmita Dev, Congress at at AICC minority department national convention in Delhi: Main aap logon se vaada karti hoon, ki Congress ki sarkar ayegi 2019 mein aur hum iss Triple Talaq kanoon ko khaarij karenge. Yeh aap logon se vaada hai. pic.twitter.com/jkskEGXAiD— ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2019
Rahul Gandhi also targeted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah saying that he has not allowed the Supreme Court to function in the past few years.
"The institutions in India do not belong to any party, they belong to the country, and to protect them is our responsibility, be it Congress or any other party. They(BJP) think they are above the nation, in 3 months they will understand that nation is above them," he said.
Gandhi also alleged that the RSS was trying to capture the institutions of the country and his party's governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh will remove the organisation's loyalists from the system. He also launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a "coward" and challenging him to a debate on issues such as national security, Rafale and the economy.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi at AICC minority department national convention: Hindustan ka pradhanmantri sirf jodne ki baat kar sakta hai, todne ki nahi, todne ki kari toh usko hata diya jayega. 2019 mein Narendra Modi, BJP,aur RSS ko Congress harane ja rahi hai pic.twitter.com/hfvP7z0fgL— ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2019
"I know his (Modi) character after fighting him for five years. He is a coward. When someone stands up to him, he runs away," Gandhi said. The Congress chief said fear was writ large on PM Modi's face.
"He now knows you can't rule India by dividing people," he said in his speech in Hindi.
"The image of Narendra Modi is finished," Gandhi declared. He alleged that the RSS was attempting to capture institutions, from the judiciary to the Election Commission.
"We have not merely formed governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh... we will ensure that RSS people put in institutions in these states are removed," he said. The Congress chief also alleged that while China sent its army to Doklam, the prime minister flew to China and held a summit without an agenda. He had folded his hands in front of China, Gandhi alleged.