London: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday compared the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world and launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government while addressing students in the Strategic Studies Institute in London.
"RSS is trying to change the nature of India. Other parties haven't tried to capture India's institutions. RSS's idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world," said Rahul.
He said, "In the year 1947 the West did not trust India, but India proved the West wrong. We got success because thousands of people have created institutions and this is the institutions which are being attacked today."
Blaming RSS for the idea of demonetisation, the Congress chief said: "The idea came directly from the RSS, bypassed the finance minister and RBI, and was planted in the prime minister's head".
Criticising the Modi government for its poor strategy regarding Pakistan, he said: "I would like to say that even with Pakistan, they lack a coherent strategy," he said. "One of my main complaints about the current government in India is that I don't see a coherent strategy based on India's strengths. I only see knee-jerk reactions".
Accusing PM Modi of centralising power, he said: "Today the full power of power has become concentrated with the prime minister".
Rahul praised the Chinese governance system and stated that India should learn how to run local governments from China, as the prime minister in India "holds too much power".
The Congress president also attacked the Ministry of External Affairs, saying that all that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj does is issue visas. "By breaking the monopoly of MEA and by making it more accessible to other elements of society a modern MEA can be formed. The Foreign Minister of India spends a massive amount of time in just issuing visas," he said.
On the Doka La standoff in 2017, the Rahul said:
"It was not an isolated issue, it was a part of a sequence of events. The prime minister is episodic, he views Doka La as an event. If he was carefully watching the process, he could've stopped it." He also claimed that the Chinese troops are still present in Doka La.