resident New Delhi, June 11: In an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the saffron party and the right-wing organisation of dividing the nation.

“The RSS is a force working to divide the people. It wants to drive a wedge in the OBC community,” he said while addressing the OBC Sammelan in Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium. He claimed that under the Narendra Modi government, people’s right to free speech was being subdued and even the saffron party leaders were scared of voicing their opinion if was against the RSS or Prime Minister Modi.

“Today, our nation has become a slave of 2-3 BJP leaders and the RSS… Everyone, including MPs, is afraid to speak. Most them are not allowed to speak and the BJP does not listen to the few of us who do speak up. Only the RSS is given a hearing,” he said.

Rahul also alleged that the Modi government has ignored the interests of farmers but has helped a small group of industrialists by waiving loans amounting to nearly Rs 2.5 lakh crore. He said people who work hard behind the scene are “never benefitted” and the fruits of their toil are enjoyed by others. “People with skills are not rewarded in India … Farmers work hard but you don’t see them in the office of Modi ji. Rs 2.5 lakh crore were given to 15 industrialists. But the farmer got nothing…The loan waiver was for 15 people but not for the farmer who continues to commit suicide… His children keep crying,” he said.

He also challenged the Centre’s stand that India lacks skills, saying it was not true and the authorities have failed to recognise the talent of their own people. to back his claim, the Congress president cited the examples of aerated drinks brand Coca Cola and fast food firm McDonald’s, saying that the founder of the former used to sell ‘Shikanji’, while that of the latter used to run a ‘dhaba’. 

(With PTI inputs)