Tinsukia: Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘demeaning the democracy of India and crushing the voice of the youth’.

Gandhi was interacting with students of Lahowal in Assam’s Dibrugarh district as part of his two-day trip to the poll-bound state to campaign in various assembly seats.
Gandhi said democracy is all about taking questions. “You can ask me any question and I will have to answer. This is democracy,” said Gandhi.

“If I cannot answer a question, I will say that I have not thought about it and so I am not able to answer. But, now that you have asked me, I will think about it and answer it next time. Hence, one also requires confidence for such interaction,” Gandhi said, adding, “For any politician to stand between the future of Indian (youths), one will need to have courage.”

Asking the students if they have seen the prime minister in such meetings, Gandhi said, “If the future of India (youths) cannot speak to their prime minister, there has to be some weakness.”

Responding to a student who wanted to study and also enter politics, Gandhi said, “Take forward the voice of your people and it will take you forward in politics.”

Urging the students to take part in politics, Gandhi said that students must fight with love, not with stones or lathis. “The youth should take part in politics and fight for Assam if one feels that the state is being robbed,” added Gandhi.

He also reiterated the issues of tea labourers, privatisation of airports, and touched upon other issues like farmers protest, identity and culture, and language.

“There is one force, born in Nagpur, trying to control the whole country,” he said, referring to the RSS.

Gandhi will be addressing an election rally at Chabua before heading to Doomdooma in the neighbouring Tinsukia district. On Saturday, he will interact with employees of the IOC refinery at Digboi before heading to Mariani and Gohpur.

On March 27, 47 seats of 126 assembly seats, mostly from Upper Assam, are going to polls in the first phase.

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