In the recently-held Uttar Pradesh bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the BSP and the SP had joined forces and went on to hand a resounding defeat to the BJP in both the seats, vacated respectively by Uttar Pradesh chief minister and deputy chief minister. "It is a disrespectful statement, but we don't take what Mr Amit Shah says with too much seriousness", Mr Gandhi said.
Gandhi was having an informal interaction with the media here on Sunday on the conclusion of his sixth leg of campaign for the May 12 Karnataka polls.
Modi, he said, only spoke his "Mann ki baat".
Congress chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said Shah tried to paint a scenario of so-called Modi floods, reminding him that floods bring devastation and destruction and that is happening with regard to farmers, youth, Dalits, adivasis, businessmen and industrialists.
In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi said the Congress would not only win in Karnataka, but also in Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were assembly elections are due later this year. "It's unusual but true that the BJP president is campaigning for Congress", he quipped. We are not egoistic, we don't destroy lives, we don't crush people - unlike BJP, added Gandhi. "You can't run this country as an individual, you have to run this country by listening to it, by working with it. and now after four years, he (Modi) has suddenly lost it, because now the wheels are running on them". Replying on Amit Shah's comment Rahul Gandhi said, "They call entire opposition animals, see according to Amit Shah and the basic vision of the BJP RSS - there are only two non-animals in this country".
Sources said that before his arrival in UP, Rahul is likely to announce the new state Congress chief as Raj Babbar would be given some other assignments with the possibility of the party using him as star campaigner for the next Parliament polls. "When Nagpur runs the country, right by definition there has to be discrimination".
Responding to a question, Rahul blamed the "mentality" for Modi and BJP losing track. "We understand, believe and respect what you are".
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