Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not born in an otherwise backward class family and was “misleading” people by identifying himself as an OBC. Rahul Gandhi, while delivering a short speech in Jharsuguda on the third and final day of his ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ in Odisha, said that Modi was “born in a family that belonged to the general caste.”
“Modi ji has been misleading people by saying that he is an OBC. He was born in a Teli caste family, which was included in the OBC list during the BJP government’s tenure in Gujarat in 2000. Therefore, Modi ji is not an OBC by birth,” the Congress MP claimed.
“Whenever BJP workers come to you, tell them one thing: our Prime Minister lied to the entire country that he belonged to the backward class. He was not born in a backward class, he belongs to the general caste. Tell it to all BJP workers,” added Rahul Gandhi.
This came after Modi called himself “sabse bada OBC” in Parliament. He also accused the Congress of hypocrisy and employing double standards in its treatment of leaders of backward communities.
Responding to the ‘Motion of Thanks’ on the President’s speech in Lok Sabha on Monday, Modi said, “The Congress party and the UPA government did not do justice to OBCs. A few days ago, Karpoori Thakur ji was consulted with Bharat Ratna. In 1970, when he became Bihar CM, what was not done to destabilize his government? Congress cannot tolerate OBCs… They keep counting how many OBCs there are in the government. Can’t you (Congress) see the biggest OBC here (pointing to himself)?”
Attacking the previous UPA governments for not providing justice to the OBCs, “During the UPA Government, an extra-constitutional body was formed. The government could not get its way before that body. National Advisory Council: did you have OBC members? Discover.”
Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Modi government and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s administration in Odisha, accusing them of “running a conspiracy” to loot the people of the state. He said the Congress was fighting the association. He said, “In Parliament, (Odisha ruler) the BJD (Biju Janata Dal) supports the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). “The BJD people are bothering us at the behest of the BJP.”
The Odisha leg of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will conclude on Thursday afternoon, marking a two-day break from February 9 to 10. The journey will resume on February 11 from Chhattisgarh.
Starting January 14 in Thoubal, Manipur, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will cover over 6,700 kilometers over 67 days and cover 110 districts. It is scheduled to conclude in Mumbai on March 20, after 67 days.