NEW DELHI: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "darpok" (coward) and dared him to a five minute face-to-face debate on issues such as Rafale and national security.
"I know his character after fighting him for five years. I say to BJP leaders, make Narendra Modi stand with me on stage for five minutes and debate on national security, Rafale," Gandhi said while addressing his party's minority department convention here.
"I want to say he is a darpok (coward) person. I have recognised him. He gets scared when he faces someone and he backs off," the Congress chief added.
The Congress chief alleged that the RSS was attempting to capture the country's institutions, from the judiciary to the Election Commission.
"The RSS puts its people in the judicial system, in the Election Commission. The CBI chief if he wants to probe Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he is set aside and an RSS person is put in his place. Their aim is to finish all institutions in the country," Gandhi alleged.
“The RSS was trying to capture the institutions of the country. Our party's governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh will remove the organisation's loyalists from the system”, he said.
Gandhi claimed that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath informed him that there was a special ministry in Madhya Pradesh under the BJP rule to which Rs 800 crore were given and it was full of RSS people.
"In these states (MP, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan), one by one, we will do the work of removing RSS people from government's institutions. The bureaucracy of these states should know and India's bureaucracy should know that you are not RSS' bureaucracy, but India's bureaucracy," Gandhi said.
He alleged Modi snatched the Rafale contract from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and helped Anil Ambani to make a profit of Rs 30,000 crore.
“In his tenure, Modi gave Rs 3.5 lakh crore to 15 industrialists. If Modi can give lakhs of crores of rupees to 15 individuals, we can also put money in the pocket of the poor people," he said.
Gandhi said that the minimum income amount will be deposited in the bank accounts of the poor across the country by the Congress.
“This decision will be first of its kind in the world, where a big country like India will directly transfer money in the accounts of poor people, this will eradicate poverty”, Rahul Gandhi stated.
Gandhi urged his party's workers to face the RSS, the BJP and Modi with all their might.
“If Congress workers stand together, they (RSS, BJP, Modi) will run away as they are cowards", he added.
With inputs from PTI