New Delhi: A month-old video of senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi talking about how “India would be set on fire” is being shared by the BJP as a “warning” for the Agnipath protests.
Gandhi, in the eight-second clip, is seen saying: “The fight has just begun, and in the coming days you shall see how India will be set on fire.”
BJP leaders have seized upon the words — part of a larger message not clear in the short clip — saying they are Rahul Gandhi’s threat for an upcoming agitation (read, Agnipath) that would be “incited by the Congress”.
The clip has been uploaded by Dr Pradip Verma, the General Secretary of the Jharkhand BJP. His tweet says, “On the Congress’s Chintan Shivir event, Rahul Gandhi warned the country of how it would be set on fire. Out of those who have been arrested for opposing the Agnipath scheme, many are Congress workers”.
BJP’s national spokesperson R.P. Singh posted the same clip, saying, “On May 19, Rahul Gandhi said that a fight is about to commence and the country will be set on fire and from June 17, they have indeed started the fire.”
Amit Malviya, the in-charge of BJP’s National Information & Technology Department, tweeted along similar lines, “Some of those arrested in UP for protesting against the Agnipath scheme, are Congress workers. They are trying to set the country on fire.”
A month ago, Rahul Gandhi gave a valedictory address at the Congress’ brainstorming event, ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’, in Udaipur. His speech was uploaded on the Indian National Congress’ YouTube Channel on 15 May.
The viral video is a part of the speech, and taken out of context.
In the full video, Rahul Gandhi’s words are part of a much larger message to his audience about the BJP’s policies. He was speaking about how the BJP’s rise would “fuel a fire in the country” and that his party should ensure this is stopped.
The fight he mentioned was that for “saving the nation”.
Rahul Gandhi spoke about rising inflation. That, “along with unemployment and attacks on various Indian institutions”, would set the country on fire, he said.
He said “the fire” would engulf India if things kept going the way they were. “We have to ensure they don’t set the country on fire,” he added.
An ANI tweet confirms his message.
He further said, “The work of the Congress party is to re-start those conversations between various Indian institutions, states and even classes that the BJP has continued to erode.”
(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)