Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a press conference in Bengaluru on May 10, had searing words for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), saying that the fight in the Karnataka elections was between the RSS’ ideology and the spirit of Karnataka.
"On one side you have the RSS idea of one concept in the whole country. On the other, you have an idea that every single person in the country should be able to express himself; that all my friends in Karnataka should have pride in their language, in their food. That is what this fight has become. My friends in Karnataka, listen to this carefully. The idea is to crush your spirit. We will never ever allow your spirit and ideas of Basavanna to be crushed," said Rahul.
Touching on the issue of rising instances of anti-Dalit atrocities, Rahul reassured the public that Congress would continue to defend the marginalised communities of the country.
“When people in Una are beaten and humiliated, our Prime Minister doesn’t say a word,” said Rahul. He noted that budget allocation for Dalits and tribal by the Modi government for the entire country was just double of what the Karnataka government alone budgeted for these communities.