Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today attacked the BJP government for allegedly spreading hate using religious differences as a weapon. During a speech at the Red Fort after the Bharat Jodo Yatra (unite India march) reached the monument this evening, Mr Gandhi said, “Hindu-Muslim hatred is being spread 24×7 to divert your attention from real issues.”
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined the yatra this morning. Later, actor Kamal Haasan came to walk with the Gandhis when the march was nearing the Red Fort.
“I have walked 2,800 km, but did not see any hatred. When I turn on the TV, however, I see violence,” Mr Gandhi said.
Mr Haasan, the founder of the Makkal Needhi Maiam, said initially people came to him to say that joining Mr Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra would be a mistake.
“I asked myself, this is the time the country needs me. Kamal, my inner voice said, bharat todne ki nahi jodne ki madad karo (help unite the country, not break it),” Mr Haasan said.
The actor did not speak about political alliances. His party, which contested its first election in Tamil Nadu in April 2021, lost the electoral battle.