‘I am not Rahul Savarkar, I won’t apologise’

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/14/2019 12:48:11 PM IST

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday refused to apologise over his “Rape in India” remark and mocked Sangh ideologue V.D. Savarkar and said, “I am not Rahul Savarkar and I will not apologise for speaking the truth”.

Rahul Gandhi also accused the Prime Minister of burning the northeastern states and West Bengal over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, that was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday night, a day after it was passed in Rajya Sabha.
Addressing the ‘Bharat Bachao’ rally here at Ramlila ground here, Rahul Gandhi said, “Yesterday in Parliament, the BJP people asked me to apologise. But I want to tell them that I am not Rahul Savarkar, I won’t apologise. I won’t apologise for speaking the truth.”
The Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad instead demanded apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the country.
The Lok Sabha on Friday burst into fierce attack by treasury benches on Rahul over his “Rape in India” remark, with all BJP members condemning the statement and seeking his apology.
Lamenting at the government over the economic crisis, Rahul said, “The strength of this country was its economy, many countries looked at us and they wondered how we reached at 9 per cent GDP. And now today even onion is being sold at Rs 200 a kg.
“The economy of India has been destroyed single handedly by Modi,” he said.
Slamming the Prime Minister for demonetisation and faulty implementation of the GST, Rahul thundered, “You must remember he came on TV at 8 p.m. in 2016 and made Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes illegal tender. He hit the Indian economy so hard that it has been unable to recover since then.” He also alleged that the government has waived loans to the tune of Rs 1.45 lakh crore of the industrialists.
Accusing the BJP of working like the enemy of the country, the Congress leader said, “All the enemies of the country wanted to destroy Indian economy and that work has been done by Modi.”
“Our enemies cannot do the damage to our economy but out Prime Minister can do it,” he alleged.
Referring to violence in the northeast and in West Bengal after the passage of CAA and the condition of Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370, he said, “Go to Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura. They are burning. The government works to divide and weaken the country.”
“For power, Modi can do anything,” he alleged, adding that Modi is concerned with his own image only.
Rahul Gandhi also attacked the BJP and said that you people elected Modi to make the economy stronger five months ago. “You elected him to make the country stronger, but he didn’t work on that. Now our GDP is at 4 per cent, farmers are committing suicides. I asked in Parliament how many farmers committed suicide and they said they don’t know. They know only one thing and that is to divide the country,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi appealed to the party workers to raise the voice against the government to save the country.
Savarkar is nation’s idol, no compromise on that: Shiv Sena
The Shiv Sena, alliance partner of the Congress in Maharashtra, reacted sharply to Rahul Gandhi’s jibe `my name is not Rahul Savarkar’ on Saturday, saying there could not be any “compromise” on the Hindutva ideologue.
 “Veer Savarkar is an idol of whole country and not just Maharashtra. The name Savarkar denotes pride about nation and self. Like Nehru and Gandhi, Savarkar too sacrificed his life for the country. Every such idol must be revered. There is no compromise on this,” Sena leader Sanjay Raut tweeted.
Addressing the Congress’ mega “Bharat Bachao Rally” in Delhi earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi rejected the BJP’s demand for apology.
 “The BJP asked me to apologise. My name is not Rahul Savarkar, it is Rahul Gandhi, and I will never apologise for speaking the truth,” he said.
 The Congress leader was apparently referring to the allegation against Savarkar that he tendered apology to the British for securing early release from the Cellular Jail in Andaman.
The Sena, which formed an unlikely alliance with the Congress and the NCP after it fell out with the BJP, had blasted Rahul Gandhi during the Maharashtra Assembly election campaign for his comments against Savarkar. 


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