Rahul Gandhi Says He Doesn't Believe In Any Kind Of Hindutva

Rahul Gandhi, on a two-day visit to Hyderabad, predicted that Narendra Modi would not become Prime Minister in 2019.

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Rahul Gandhi Says He Doesn't Believe In Any Kind Of Hindutva

Rahul Gandhi said "I don't believe in any kind of Hindutva, soft or hard core". (File photo)


Hyderabad: 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said that he was not wedded to Hindutva - "soft or hardcore".

In an interaction with editors in Hyderabad, Rahul Gandhi did not agree that he was embracing soft Hindutva to appease the majority community. 

"I don't believe in any kind of Hindutva, soft or hard core," he said.

Rahul Gandhi said there was nothing wrong in his meeting religious leaders and visiting religious places.

His differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he insisted, were ideological and not personal.

Rahul Gandhi, on a two-day visit to Hyderabad, predicted that Narendra Modi would not become Prime Minister in 2019.

He said the BJP would not even get 230 Lok Sabha seats and hence there was no question of PM Modi continuing in office again. The BJP tally would be cut primarily due to the alliance among non-BJP parties in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

He also pointed out that several allies of the BJP, including Shiv Sena, were against Mr Modi becoming the Prime Minister for a second term.

The Congress President said the party was working with like-minded parties to form a grand alliance to defeat the BJP.

He was confident that a Congress-led alliance would form the next government at the centre.

He evaded a direct reply to a question on who would be the Prime Minister in the event of Congress and other non-BJP parties getting a majority. He merely said they would work it out.

He was also non-committal on whether the Congress would repeat the Karnataka formula, where it accepted the leader of a party with fewer seats as the Chief Minister to prevent the BJP from taking power.

Asked about his hug to PM Modi in Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said it was intended to show that he doesn't hate people. 

He, however, said the Prime Minister was cold in his response. He alleged that PM Modi doesn't give due respect to political rivals.

Rahul Gandhi also voiced concern over growing intolerance in the country. He said that minorities were feeling insecure.

Rahul Gandhi said the party's state units were free to have alliances with like-minded parties. He was confident that the Congress would come to power in Telangana.

Asked about Andhra Pradesh, where the Congress drew a blank in the 2014 polls, he said the party was improving its position.

He said PM Modi had failed to implement his promise of providing two crore jobs annually.

"China provides employment to 50,000 people in 24 hours while in India only 458 people get employment during this duration," he said.

In a lighter vein, Rahul Gandhi also said that he was wedded to the Congress.

"I am married to Congress," he said when he was asked about his marriage plans.



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