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In Market of Hatred, Open Up Shops to Spread Love Like Me: Rahul Gandhi Responds to BJP Leaders Who Criticize Him

  Alwar - Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday urged BJP leaders criticising him to “open up shops to spread love in the market of hatred” as he was doing through his Bharat Jodo Yatra. He also asked each minister in the Rajasthan Cabinet to go on a yatra once a month across the desert state to reach out to the common people and redress their grievances, he said at a poll rally here. He accused BJP leaders of abusing him and inciting hatred against him. Gandhi stated that when he saw Congress workers give him flying kisses, he became distracted and that even those atop BJP offices waved back at him after some hesitation. He stated that the Yatra has been walking for 100 days and that “on the way, I met my dear friends who are standing atop BJP offices, who do not respond to my waving but later do”. ”I don’t hate them but I stand by my ideology. They ask me what I am doing and their leaders ask me why I am walking from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. ”Some of them (of BJP) ask me what I am doing and why am I walking, my answer is: ‘Nafrat ke bazaar mein, mohabbat ki dukaan khol raha noon’ (”I am opening a counter for spreading love in the market of hatred),” he said on why he was undertaking the Bharat Jodo Yatra. ”You hate me, you abuse me, this is your heart. Your ‘bazaar is of nafrat’ (the market is of hatred), but my shop is of love,” he stressed. “I’m not just talking about myself, I’m talking about the entire organization that gave India its independence,” he said, noting that all great leaders did the same. What are we before people like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Patel, Azad, they have opened shops of love in the market of hate.” “This is my reply to all those in the BJP, open up a shop of love in the market of hatred. Because our country is built on love, not hatred,” he said while speaking at a major rally in the presence of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and other state leaders.