Congress chief Kharge accuses PM Modi of ‘inciting people’, dividing society through poll speeches

Kharge’s rebuke came in response to Modi’s claims during recent campaign rallies that a potential Congress government would reinstate the scrapped constitutional provision of Article 370.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, accusing him of inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches.

Addressing reporters in Delhi, Kharge stated no Prime Minister before Modi has ever provoked societal divisions to such an extent through their public remarks.

Kharge’s rebuke came in response to Modi’s claims during recent campaign rallies that a potential Congress government would reinstate the scrapped constitutional provision of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir before its bifurcation into union territories in 2019.

However, when questioned about Modi’s Article 370 assertions, Kharge dismissed providing any clarification to the Prime Minister directly.

The heated exchange marks an escalating war of words between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress as the two parties gear up for a high-stakes Lok Sabha electoral battle, which is currently led by a BJP government.

Modi has frequently invoked Article 370 and the Kashmir issue while campaigning, attempting to paint the Congress as anti-national and sympathetic to separatist elements. Congress leaders have countered that Modi is deliberately inciting communal tensions and polarizing voters along religious lines.

Political analysts suggest both national parties view Kashmir and Ram Mandir as crucial gateways to establishing momentum ahead of the 2024 general elections. However, they caution Modi’s rhetoric risks inflaming societal fault lines further in a state already riven by sectarian flare-ups under the incumbent BJP rule.

With nearly a month to go until poll results are announced, the rancorous blame-trading indicates the high-stakes political battleground the state has become for both national parties amid wider concerns over India’s secular fabric being compromised.