Mumbai: Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that India is witnessing the “death of democracy” and “onset of dictatorship”.
Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters here ahead of the nationwide protests by the Congress against price hikes and GST on essential commodities, he said the Gandhi family is attacked because it fights for democracy and communal harmony.
Gandhi alleged that the only agenda of the government is that issues like inflation, unemployment and violence should not be raised in society. He alleged that there is no democracy in India and there is a dictatorship of four people.
Gandhi said, “What we are seeing is the death of democracy. This is what India is seeing. India built brick by brick almost a century ago, which is basically being destroyed before your eyes.”
“You all know it, all the people of India know it. Whoever stands against this idea of the beginning of dictatorship, it doesn’t matter who he is, where he comes from, what state, what religion is a man brutally assaulted, imprisoned, arrested, beaten up,” he added.
Gandhi said the idea is that people’s issues, whether it is a price rise, unemployment or violence in society, should not be raised.
He alleged that the government is being run to protect the interests of four-five people and this ‘dictatorship’ is being run by two people in the interest of two-three big businessmen.
The Congress is set to hold nationwide protests and will also ‘gherao’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence against price rise, unemployment and GST hike on some essential items.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs of the party will also hold a “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” (march to Rashtrapati Bhavan) from Parliament to register the protest against price rise and unemployment. In all capital cities, the state units would organise a gherao of Raj Bhavans in which MLAs, MLCs, former MPs and senior leaders will participate.