The Congress leader said the PM has advised BJP legislators to not speak out of turn and provide “masala” to the media. He said the message is that the country should listen to only his ‘mann ki baat’, not of the Supreme Court, or the legislature. “But in 2019, the people of India will tell Modiji their ‘mann ki baat’,” Gandhi said. Keen to show the difference between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, Gandhi asked party workers shouting anti-Modi slogans not to be abusive. He also told the media how the Congress, unlike BJP, was committed to freedom of the press.
Later in the day, BJP chief Amit Shah retorted that the Congress party’s 'Save the Constitution' campaign was an exercise to save the dynasty and that the opposition party's "Modi hatred" has turned into "India hatred". Shah said if there is one political party that has trampled over the Constitution in letter and spirit, time and again, it is the Congress.
Shah also pointed to the Congress attempt at pushing for an impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra as part of a trend to demonise and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity and does not "kowtow to the dynasty".
To Gandhi’s comments that Ambedkar, along with the Congress, gave the Constitution to the country, Shah said he was insulting Ambedkar, just as the Nehru-Gandhi family had humiliated him when he was alive.
The Congress president said the Modi government was weakening institutions and has placed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh people in key posts. He said the Congress party will not allow that.
Gandhi said the government has no answers on the Rafale fighter jet deal, jeweller Nirav Modi leaving the country after committing fraud, or on former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and industrialist Vijay Mallya.