Speaking at the launch of the commemorative edition of the National Herald, in Bengaluru today, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi said, “Power of truth is being replaced by the truth of power, anybody who tries to stand for truth are pushed aside.” What is happening in India today is a disbalance between power of truth and truth of power, ANI quoted him as saying further.
The Congress VP slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that government is forcing everyone into silence. “Dalits are beaten up, minorities are frightened, journalists are threatened, bureaucrats are threatened,” he added. Rahul also said that the ruling party is not allowing journalists of the country to write what they want.
Further in his speech, Rahul told journalists present at the event, “if you want to say something about the Congress party, I want you to be comfortable in saying it. Do not hesitate in speaking the truth and never be silent.”
Rahul also spoke about the recent farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh. He alleged that a policeman himself told him that he was being forced to do something he doesn’t want to do. Soon after the event, Rahul took to Twitter and said, “This Govt is forcing everyone into silence,but @NH_India has a spirit-a very strong spirit & it will not be silenced.”
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Government is forcing everyone into silence: Rahul Gandhi at the launch of commemorative edition of The National Herald in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/DUwRlJTSbU
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In his speech to embark the relaunch of National Herald, a Congress-run newspaper started by former PM late Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi said that National Herald should speak the truth and also criticise the Congress whenever it feels so. The occasion was also graced by Vice-President Hamid Ansari and other senior Congress leaders.