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‘I am a Hindu, not Hindutvadi’: At Jaipur rally, Ra Ga slams BJP

By Priyanka Verma 
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Congress’s Rahul Gandhi ripped into the BJP today, censuring them over price rise, farmers’ issue and crony capitalism. At a massive rally in Rajasthan’s Jaipur, he also made a frontal attack on the concept of Hindutva, the outlines of which he drew last month in an internal session of the party.

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“I am a Hindu. All these people are Hindus. They are Hindutva-vadis. Let me explain,” he said in his opening remarks.

Then, in a pun on “Satyagraha” — a term meaning ‘search for truth’ coined by Mahatma Gandhi — he said: “Mahatma Gandhi searched for the truth, Nathuram Godse pumped three bullets into him. He was a Hindutva-vadi. A Hindu is interested in Satyagrah. Hinduta-vadis are only after power, they don’t care about truth. A Hindutva-vadi is only after Sattagrah (search for power)”.

Who is a Hindu? Someone who respects every religion and is scared of nobody. Those in power are ‘false’ Hindus… India’s experiencing a ‘Hindutvadi’ raj, not Hindu raj. We want to remove these ‘Hindutvadis’ and bring in a Hindu raj,” Mr Gandhi added in the rally, which was also attended by his mother , party chief Sonia Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

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