Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday compared Mahatma Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying both believed in the same ideology.
Rahul, at an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally in Kalpetta in Wayanad, launched a scathing attack on Modi and said he was making Indians to prove that they are Indians.
Addressing participants at "Save the Constitution" march at Kalpetta in Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency on Martyr's Day, Rahul said there was no difference between Godse and Modi.
"Today, an ignorant man is trying to challenge Gandhi's ideology. He is creating an atmosphere of hatred. The ideology is same. Nathuram Godse and Narendra Modi, they believe in the same ideology. There is no difference except that Modi does not have the guts to say he believes in the ideology of Godse," the Wayanad MP said.
Attacking the Prime Minister on the new Citizenship Law, Rahul questioned Modi and asked who was he to ask Indians to prove that they were Indians.
"Indians are being made to prove that they are Indians. Who is Narendra Modi to decide who is an Indian. Who gave Modi the licence to ask for my Indianness? I know I am an Indian and I don't have to prove it to anyone. Likewise, 1.4 billion Indians do not have to prove that they are Indians," he said.
The Congress leader led the march as part of efforts to intensify the party's protests against CAA in the state.
Congress in Kerala has been organising protest marches across the state against the CAA under the leadership of its MPs, MLAs and local leaders since the past few days.
While the Save the Constitution march will be held in Wayanad, in the other 13 districts of the state, the Congress- led United Democratic Front (UDF) will be organising a "human map of India" with the participants making formation of the country's map.