RAHUL GANDHI ought to take the management function to unite opposition events throughout India to battle the BJP-led authorities on the Centre, DMK chief M Ok Stalin mentioned on Sunday at a rally organised by his occasion and its alliance companions at Salem, the house turf of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami and an AIADMK stronghold.
With the previous Congress president sharing the stage, Stalin mentioned, “Here, I have a kind request to Rahul Gandhi… No, a firm request. When we talk over the phone, sometimes I call him [Rahul] ‘Sir’. He would then correct me, he would ask me to call him brother. My brother Rahul, here is my humble and heartfelt request to you…”
“India is being destroyed in the clutches of a Fascist government now. You have the responsibility to protect India at this time. Let it be assembly or Lok Sabha elections, it was the united secular front in Tamil Nadu that ensured a washout of the BJP front. The same is going to repeat again now in this election,” Stalin mentioned, referring to the April 6 meeting elections within the state.
The DMK chief mentioned solely 37 per cent of the individuals had given the BJP the mandate to type the federal government. “What does it mean? 63 per cent of people voted for different parties against the BJP front. When we [in Tamil Nadu] ensured the BJP’s defeat with a united secular alliance, it hasn’t happened anywhere else in India. I request you to take the leadership, come forward and lead India,” mentioned Stalin, whose additionally reminded the those who those that vote for the DMK may also be voting to make him the chief minister of the state.
Interestingly, throughout an enormous rally held in Chennai in December 2018, which was attended by many opposition leaders from totally different states, it was Stalin who first proposed the identify of Rahul because the Prime Minister candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
With hardly eight days left for the state elections, Sunday’s rally at Salem was the primary wherein Rahul and Stalin shared the stage because the Congress chief’s earlier campaigns within the state had been at a time when there have been tussles between each events over seat-sharing talks.
While the Congress is contesting 25 seats within the alliance, the occasion management is anticipating to win over 15 of them, in contrast to in 2016 when the Congress had gained solely eight of the 41 seats it contested in DMK alliance.
Rahul, who spoke after Stalin, mentioned the state was “witnessing a full scale attack on Tamil language culture and history” by the BJP authorities on the Centre.
“Today we wear masks everywhere. When you wear a mask, it is difficult to recognise… If we smile at someone, they wouldn’t be knowing that… This is what you have to understand about AIADMK too,” Rahul mentioned, utilizing the metaphor of masks. “This is not the old AIADMK, please do not be confused. This is an AIADMK with a mask on top of it… If you take off the mask, you will find that it is not the AIADMK but RSS and BJP are behind the mask.”
“That old AIADMK is gone… It is finished. It is now a hollow shell that is controlled by the RSS and BJP. And the people of Tamil Nadu have to be careful, they have to understand what is behind their mask,” Rahul mentioned, accusing Palaniswami of surrendering the occasion and falling on the ft of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah when no Tamil want to contact their ft. Rahul mentioned the “corrupt CM Palaniswami” has to do it as a result of Modi controls the ED, CBI and different central companies.