There're many fearless people, who are not in Congress. They should be brought in & the Congressmen who are afraid of (BJP) should be shown exit door. We don't need those who believe in RSS ideology. We need fearless people: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at party's SM Dept meet pic.twitter.com/rtHT5WQWFM— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday asserted that the party needs fearless people and those who are afraid of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) must leave.
“There're many fearless people, who are not in Congress. They should be brought in and the Congressmen who are afraid of (BJP) should be shown the exit door. We don't need those who believe in RSS ideology. We need fearless people,” news agency ANI quoted the former Congress president saying at the party's social media department meet.
According to PTI sources, Gandhi cited the example of Scindia, saying, "He had to save his house and he got scared and he joined the RSS."
Gandhi’s statements come at a time when a number of senior Congress leaders have quit the party to join the BJP in the recent past. These include Scindia and Jitin Prasada. Maharashtra Congress leaders Narayan Rane and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil had also quit in 2019, besides actor Khushboo Sundar.
This is the first time Gandhi addressed around 3,500 party workers of the Congress social media department through video conference using Zoom. He also interacted personally with around 10 young workers from different fields, the party sources told PTI.
He asked the social media members not to be afraid of talking to him as they were a part of his family. "You are talking to your brother and you should not be scared," he told them.
"You should not be scared and you will never see me being afraid," he said, adding that Congress wants to give equal rights to all but the RSS wants to benefit only a few.
Senior party leader and former Telangana chief Uttam Kumar Reddy quoted Mahatma Gandhi to say that Rahul Gandhi was following in his footsteps. "'The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear' ~ Mahatma Gandhi. "Our leader Shri Rahul Gandhi following in the footsteps of the Mahatma. To defeat the hate propagated by the RSS-BJP, the Congress needs fearless people, not cowards," Reddy tweeted, sharing a video of Rahul Gandhi.
(With text inputs from PTI)