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BJP led-NDA govt set Northeast on fire, we'll conquer it with love: Rahul on Citizenship Bill

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Referring to the protests that took place in the Northeast due to the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, on Thursday said that the government has set the entire Northeast on fire but the party will conquer it with love.

"They set the entire Northeast on fire, however, we will make sure we conquer it with love," Rahul said while addressing All Seva Dal here.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, and who came to before December 31, 2014.

On February 13, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 lapsed in the Rajya Sabha, amid ongoing protests by the members of the

Drawing a comparison between and Congress ideology, Rahul said: "They spread hatred, abuse me and my family, and the Congress goes and hugs them in Parliament."

He asserted that the 'Seva Dal' is the backbone, first line of defence of the Congress.

Rahul said that the Congress wants to unite but the wants to divide it.

"Not Youth Congress, not Congress president, not any other unit of the Congress party, but Seva Dal is the backbone of Congress, it is like the first line of defence of the party. We need to start a new beginning. Congress Seva Dal needs to be strengthened," he said.

Remembering his hug to in in July last year during the No-Confidence Motion, Rahul said: "We should understand that we cannot fight BJP's hate with hate. I hugged Mr. Modi to remove that hatred."

Yesterday in his last speech in Parliament ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Modi took a dig at Gandhi while referring, in a veiled manner, to the hug the Congress gave to him in in July last year.

Gandhi, after making a speech, had walked across the House and hugged a seated Modi, to his utter surprise. "For the first time, I understood the difference between hugging and piling on," Modi quipped.

The Congress claimed that the sole intention of the is to benefit the richest people in India.

"We believe in justice for all. It does not make a difference to BJP if farmers commit suicide or people have to stand in queues during demonetisation. Their sole intention is to benefit India's richest," he said.

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 14:28 IST