Hitting out at the BSP supremo, the former Congress president alleged that Mayawati gave a clear path to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state because of “CBI, ED and Pegasus”.
The Congress won only two seats out of 403 and got a vote share of less than 2.5 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP retained power. The deposits of 97 percent of the Congress candidates were forfeited.
The BSP got only one seat and a vote share of about 13 per cent. Around 72 per cent of its candidates also lost their deposits in the election, which proved to be a bipolar contest between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party.
Rahul Gandhi, while releasing a book “The Dalit Truth”, said that the Constitution is a weapon, but it is meaningless without the institutions which, he alleges, have been “captured by the RSS”.
Noting that if institutions are not in control of the people, nor the country, the Congress leader said, “This is not a new attack. The day began when Mahatma Gandhi was gunned down.”
Gandhi said he would not have been able to speak against the government if he had taken any money and alleged that the CBI and the ED control the political system.
Taking a jibe at Mayawati, he said, “We gave a message to Mayawati to form an alliance and asked her to become the chief minister. He didn’t even talk to us.”
Gandhi said he had respect for BSP patriarch Kanshi Ram for articulating the Dalit voice of Uttar Pradesh, even though the Congress had suffered during that phase.
“But Mayawati ji is saying that I will not fight for it.. She gave a clear path to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Why? (Because) CBI, ED and Pegasus”.
The former Congress chief said people need to speak or else institutions will continue to be controlled and the Constitution will not be followed.
“This is the reality of India. And when the Constitution ends, the weak are most affected – Dalits, minorities, tribals, unemployed, small farmers and the poor,” he said.
He called upon the Dalits to fight for their rights by following the path shown by BR Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi.
“The Constitution is the weapon of India but without institutions it has no meaning. Constitution has no meaning without institutions. We talk about protecting the constitution. But how is the constitution implemented? with institutions. All the institutions are in the hands of the RSS.”
He said that Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, gave weapons to the people, “but today, that weapon has no meaning” because the media is being controlled and a spyware is being used to control political leaders.
Pointing to the state of the country’s economy, Gandhi said, “It is time to fight.”
He said that Ambedkar and Gandhi had shown that “there is a way, but you need to walk on it. There is a way, but you need to walk that path.”