During an event in Chhattisgarh, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge expressed concern over the BJP’s decision to create a rift between India and Bharat and accused them of attempting to divide the country. He stressed that the Congress is committed to bringing the two together. Kharge questioned why the BJP, who has named their initiatives Startup India, Digital India, Skill India, and Make in India, would have an issue with the word “India.” He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe the progress made by the Bhupesh Baghel government in Chhattisgarh to learn how it can be replicated in five years. Kharge also mentioned the INDIA alliance formed for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and highlighted that both India and Bharat are mentioned in the Constitution.
Kharge said the BJP claims that the Congress is against calling India Bharat.
We love Bharat. Rahul ji took out a foot march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and named the yatra as Bharat Jodo. We are engaged in uniting Bharat and you (BJP) are engaged in breaking it, he said.
Assembly elections in the Congress-governed Chhattisgarh are due by the year-end.
Using phrases like Startup India, Digital India, Khelo India, and Make in India, the opposition has charged Modi with having a “hate India” attitude. Droupadi Murmu’s invitation to a G20 luncheon in New Delhi, which identified her role as President of Bharat rather than the traditional President of India, sparked controversy. Kharge, the leader of the opposition, criticised Modi for failing to take Manipur’s violent history into account and questioned who was responsible for all of the G20 summit’s posters. He asserted that the poor are being neglected and criticised Modi’s lack of concern for them as well as the Congress government’s failure to address Gujarat’s situation. Kharge also used Bhupesh Baghel and his government as examples of the Gujarati Congress as a model for the state. He recommended that
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