Congress, Left, NCP and Shiv Sena demand that the Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala should resign for misusing his office.
"The atmosphere in the country is deteriorating. Dalits, adivasis (tribals), women and youth are being attacked. Wherever the BJP is in power, it is dividing people and making them fight among themselves," he alleged.
Gandhi, who is on a two-day trip to Chhattisgarh, today said the Constitution is under "severe attack" and an atmosphere of fear was prevailing in the country.
Sources confirmed that Gandhi and the former prime minister had a telephonic talk, but no details were available about what was discussed by the two leaders.
Gandhi, who was addressing a rally of farmers and tribal people at Sitapur in Chhattisgarh, promised a farm loan waiver across the country if the Congress returned to power in 2019.
The Congress president also spoke about the RSS, Amit Shah, and freedom of independent instituitions like courts and media
Addressing a 'Jan Swaraj Sammelan' here on the occasion of the silver jubilee of 73rd and 74th amendment in the Constitution related to local self-governance, Gandhi accused the BJP and the RSS of capturing every democratic institution in country.
BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was today sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court which refused to stay his swearing-in.
Although local leadership of Congress has taken the responsibility of the loss, Twitterati was in no mood to spare Rahul Gandhi.
The trends for the election results are indicating that the BJP is well on its way to cross the halfway mark of 113.
Retaining Congress was crucial for Congress as it would have given them the much-needed confidence boost going into the Lok Sabha polls, scheduled to be held next year
"How can he (Rahul Gandhi) become prime minister in 2019. There is no vacancy. The NDA will return to power with a majority, and Narendra Modi will have his second term as prime minister," he told reporters here.
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Asked as to how he saw the Congress chief's comment yesterday that he was ready to occupy the prime ministerial post if the Congress emerges as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha polls, Patel said, "The Congress president has already said something. It all depends on who will get how many seats. Our candidate will be Rahul Gandhi,"
“This election is not about Rahul. I have now learnt to deal with the Prime Minister. When he can’t respond, he distracts,” Mr. Gandhi said in Bengaluru after winding up his extensive tour of poll-bound Karnataka.
"Enjoyed meeting the regional and national press today in Bengaluru. We had a packed house! I'm sorry not everyone got a chance to ask a question due to the paucity of time.
The Congress president recalled how, despite being an Italian by birth, his mother made sacrifices for the country.
The BJP should have welcomed Gandhi's declaration of his prime ministerial ambitions, the NDA ally said, adding that it was against democracy to make fun of Gandhi over his remark.
Gandhi also hit out at Modi for raking up the issue of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin, saying she was "more Indian" than many Indians.
Gandhi held several roadshows here to go give a final push to his party's prospects in the May 12 assembly polls. The congress president, who began the day with a visit to 'Dodda Ganapathi' temple at Basavanagudi here, held several corner meetings in the city, a day before the campaign for the polls ends.
Speaking to reporters here, Sena's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut also said that his party considers NCP president Sharad Pawar a worthy candidate for the prime minister's post.
"Now Rahulji is saying he is ready to become Prime Minister....he is day-dreaming and congratulations for his beautiful dreams. But there is no vacancy for the PM post till 2024," he said.
"Nirav Modi (diamantaire) has not given jobs to anybody. He pocketed Rs 35,000 crore and ran away from the country. This money would have been given to small and middle-sized factories like yours. Your factory could have then given jobs to a thousand people," Gandhi said.