With eye on Dalit votes, Rahul dares BJP to tamper with Constitution

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday warned the BJP against tampering with the Constitution and dared the saffron party to use "all its might" to do so.  

"Snatching public money isn't the only thing the BJP does. The BJP has made it its new fashion of attacking the Constitution," he said. "Amkedkar and the Congress fought for the Constitution, but the BJP wants to remove it. Let them here it: We will not allow the BJP to change the Constitution. Let them use all their might," he said addressing a rally at Charajanagar as part of the Janaarshivada Yatra.

Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde had publicly said the BJP would "change the Constitution," a remark he later apologised for having made.  

It is Rahul's fourth leg of Yatre in the poll-bound Karnataka. The Congress president raked up Hegde's remark in Chamarajnagar, where Dalits are in sizable number.

Rahul, as he has done throughout his Janaarshivada Yatra tour, hailed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He said the previous BJP government saw ministers and a chief minister go to jail for "looting" public money.

"The same money, we gave back to you through 7kg free rice (Anna Bhagya), free milk for schoolchildren (Ksheera Bhagya), irrigation projects, farm ponds and so on."

At a public rally in Malavalli in Mandya district, the Congress chief continued his attack on the JD(S), once again calling the regional party as the BJP's 'B' team. He even came up with a new name for the JD(S). "All these days, it was the Janata Dal (Secular). But it has changed. Now, it is Janata Dal (Sangh Parivar)," he said.

Rahul sharpened his attack on the JD(S) as the ruling Congress faces a stiff contest from the regional party in old Mysuru region.

"But let me tell you, the Congress will win the upcoming polls even if the BJP gets a B team, C team or D team," Rahul said.

He added that the upcoming Assembly polls was a battle between two ideologies, a fight he said was an old one.

"You have to choose between the BJP/RSS and Congress. The difference is BJP lies and the Congress believes in Basavanna's Nudidante Nade."

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