New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met and addressed Indians in San Francisco, United States, and slammed the Centre for trying to stop his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. Speaking at the ‘Mohabbat Ki Dukaan’ event, he also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ‘threatening’ people and ‘misusing’ the government agencies.
“The Bharat Jodo Yatra started because all the instruments that we needed to connect with the people were controlled by the BJP-RSS,” Rahul Gandhi, who is on a week-long visit to the US, said.
He said that his Bharat Jodo Yatra, which began from Kanyakumari on September 7 last year and passed through 12 states before culminating in Jammu and Kashmir in January, carried the ‘spirit of affection, respect and humility’.
If one studies history, it can be seen that all spiritual leaders, including Guru Nanak Dev ji, Guru Basavanna ji, Narayana Guru ji, united the nation in a similar way, he added.
The former Congress chief also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he thinks that ‘he knows everything’.
“I think if you sat Modi Ji down next to God, Modi Ji will start explaining to God how Universe works,” he said.
Gandhi said India is not what is being shown in the media which likes to promote a political narrative that is far from reality, asserting that there is a ‘huge distortion’.
Rahul Gandhi is on a three-city US tour
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday for a three-city US tour during which he will also meet American lawmakers. He was received at the airport by Indian Overseas Congress chairperson Sam Pitroda and other members of the IOC.
He is also scheduled to interact with students at the prestigious Stanford University and have meetings with think tanks in Washington DC.
The 52-year-old Congress leader is also likely to address Indian Americans and interact with Wall Street executives and university students during his week-long tour of the US. He is slated to conclude his trip with a public gathering in New York on June 4. The interaction would take place at the Javits Center in New York.
Gandhi received a new ordinary passport on Sunday, two days after a Delhi court gave its clearance. The former Congress president, who had applied for an ordinary passport after surrendering the old diplomatic passport issued to him when he was a member of parliament, is set to travel to San Francisco in the United States on Monday evening on a three-city tour.
Gandhi was disqualified as an MP in March this year following his conviction and two-year sentence by a Gujarat court in a defamation case over his ‘Modi surname’ remark.
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