“We showed in Karnataka that we can decimate the BJP… We didn’t defeat them, we decimated them. We crushed them in Karnataka,” Gandhi said at a dinner event organized by the organization here on Saturday Indian Overseas Congress – USA.
Gandhi arrived in New York after visiting Washington and San Francisco and will address a community rally at the Javits Center in Manhattan on Sunday.
He said in the Karnataka elections the BJP “tried everything, they had all the media, they had ten times the money we had, they had the government, they had the agency.” They had everything and then we decimated them ‘ said Gandhi.
“And I want you to know that we’re going to decimate them in Telangana next,” he said to loud cheers and applause from the assembly.
“After this election, it will be difficult to find the BJP in Telangana.” The elections in the southern Indian state are scheduled to take place later this year.
Congressional supporters, officials, party members and members of the diaspora gathered in large numbers for the community event, which was also attended by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
Aside from the elections in Telangana, elections are planned for “Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where we will do what we did to them in Karnataka,” Gandhi said to cheers and applause from supporters.
“It’s not just the Congress party that will defeat the BJP. It is the people of India, the people of Madhya Pradesh, the people of Telangana, the people of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh who will defeat the BJP,” Gandhi said.
He added that the reason is that “India has understood that it cannot continue with the kind of hatred that the BJP is spreading in society.”
“That will happen in the next few states. And after that, in 2024, we will do the same… The opposition is united, we are all working together. It’s an ideological fight. On the one hand there is a divisive ideology of the BJP, the hateful ideology of the BJP. On the other side is the loving ideology of the Congress Party,” he said.
He said in Karnataka the BJP tried to polarize the election and stir up anger and hatred between communities.
“The prime minister himself tried. “Did it work,” he said, when the audience responded “No.”
Gandhi said the people of Karnataka said the election was about prices, unemployment and corruption.
Gandhi was referring to his slogan during the Bharat Jodo Yatra where he had said, “Nafrat ke bazaar mein mohabbat ki dukan kholenge.”
Adams said, “The New Delhi of America is right here in New York City.”
“This community is one of the most educated, one of the best managed and owned,” he said, adding that what is unique about America is that “we tell you, never give up your homeland if you Embracing their adoptive family, “Country,” to applause and cheers from those gathered.
“You are Native Americans. When you embrace America, don’t remove the Indian part,” said the mayor of New York City.
He added that India “has not only given so much to the geographic boundaries of your country historically, but what the Indian community has given to the world in the past is just remarkable and has not yet really been reflected on historical proportions has.”
“Everything great Nobel Peace Prize “The winners essentially borrowed from the rich history of your society,” he said, adding that they drew inspiration from the ancient Vedas and early scriptures.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi had “a thought-provoking fireside chat” with leading New York thinkers at Roosevelt House, the home of former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Gandhi said members of the US diaspora are “our ambassadors” and have shown America and the rest of the world “what it means to be Indian”.
He said there was a similar battle going on at home and in America over two different visions for India.
“A vision that is our vision – we accept everyone, embrace everyone, respect everyone, love everyone and want everyone to be part of our country’s future, regardless of their religion, community, caste, language.”
“We’re fighting our friends in the BJP…they have a very limited view of our country,” he said.
Addressing the event’s audience and diaspora, Gandhi said, “They respect other religions. You respect other cultures. You respect other people, you respect women. And that’s the best way to fight the BJP and live by the ideology we believe in,” he said, adding that the fight is not difficult.
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