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Cong defeating BJP in ideological fight, Modi's bluster gone over Rafale: Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

does not have a "single step" to stand on and his "bluster" has gone in the wake of the Rafale deal "revelations", said Wednesday, asserting that his party was winning the "ideological fight" against the BJP.

Addressing the Parliamentary Party's general body meeting, Gandhi described the Rafale deal as a "systematic robbery" from the Indian defence forces and alleged that not just the fighter jet contract, but every single deal under the had been managed in the same way.

One man is chosen and then the whole procedure is bypassed, he alleged at the meeting that was attended by Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi, former Manmohan Singh, Congress' in Mallikarjun Kharge and of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad among others.

The "revelations on Rafale, one after the other...Today you see in newspaper, that the entire argument for the new deal, the idea that it was cheaper and the idea that planes were needed quickly, has been demolished. Finished," said.

"So there is not a single step for the to stand on, you can see it in his face, you can see the expression, you can see that, that bluster has gone and that is not Rahul Gandhi, that is the Congress party, Congress workers and all of you," he said addressing his party's lawmakers.

Gandhi alleged that the government's "attack has been systematic".

"We are defeating the BJP in the ideological fight. We are defeating the BJP on the daily cycle and the Congress party is now, firmly entrenched in the mood and spirit of the people," he asserted.

There is only one party that speaks for the entire country, the Congress said, adding that every other party speaks for a part of the Indian society.

alleged that the RSS and the BJP divide the nation and only speak for a part of the country.

The Congress is the only institution that defends the idea of and that is why it is its duty to defend the institutions of the country, he said.

"You will see that in will see that the number of people standing behind you will surprise you," he said.

"You will get a shock as to what is going to happen in 2019 and this would not have been possible if you had not defended our position in Parliament," the Congress chief, lauding the lawmakers for their perseverance.

Rahul Gandhi claimed that senior leaders in the BJP were not allowed to speak, and there was only one voice in the of the BJP and that was of

"Before they speak they think 'what is he (Modi) going to say, what is he going to think' and this is what is systematically being done," he alleged.

He claimed that institutions such as the the and the were being attacked.

The common man has realised that Modi is not what he had claimed to be and the RSS is not what they claim to be. They are actually attacking the idea of India, and the only force that can defend the idea, is the Congress, he said.

Rahul Gandhi said when the party had got just over 40 seats in everyone thought that it will not be heard in front of more than 280 members of the government, but Congress lawmakers stepped up and made themselves heard.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 15:50 IST