It's time to walk the talk, Mr Modi: Rahul Gandhi

"This is an alliance of scared people, who are anxious over charges of corruption", said Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the central government of Narendra Modi and its guiding Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for trying to change the constitution, all opposition parties asked to fight united against it. Rahul joined the rally organized by JDU rebel leader Sharad Yadav to "save the shared culture" convened to unite opposition parties.

He also said that the BJP-led government paid less attention to healthcare budget, as a result, the hospitals had less funds to buy oxygen.

The BJP dismissed the gathering of opposition leaders as an "alliance of scared people".

According to Rahul, when Mr Modi came to power, he had propagated the concept of Swachch Bharat, whereas the Congress believes in 'Sach Bharat.' "The truth lies in taking care of the poor, don't ever try to divide them, once we start dividing people, this country will collapse".

Ashish Kulkarni, close aide of Rahul Gandhi and member of Congress coordination center has questioned the intentions behind the rumours of Priyanka Gandhi's inclusion as the working president of Congress.

"Some divisive forces are out to disrupt India's social fabric and they have to be fought unitedly", Mr Gandhi said. One says "this country is mine", the other says "I belong to the country".

Upadhyaya further assured that the Congress will improve and do well under Rahul Gandhi. CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Mr. Yadav held the key to saving India's syncretic culture.

Rahul also accused the RSS of subverting institutions as it was aware that it can not win elections merely on the basis of its ideology.

"He (Modi) has created an environment in Jammu and Kashmir of hatred and anger, and the only people who benefit from violence and hatred are the Pakistanis", he said. "That's the difference between RSS and us", he said.

The Opposition meeting was attended by leaders from the Congress, NCP, SP, BSP, JD (S), JVM (P), RLD, INLD, Trinamool Congress and Yadav's supporters in the JD (U).

He said that while Modi promised two crores job, the rate of employment in India is the highest in present day.

Speaking about the Doklam standoff, he said, "Some time ago, the Chinese president came to India".

Vanessa Coleman

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