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Congress will defeat BJP in LS polls: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi:  Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi  thinks  his party will defeat the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.In an interview to Times Now news channel, Rahul Gandhi said:  "I think we will defeat
India TV News Desk January 27, 2014 22:49 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi:  Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi  thinks  his party will defeat the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

In an interview to Times Now news channel, Rahul Gandhi said:  "I think we will defeat the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) in the next elections."

Asked  whether he feared a direct battle with BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi said he does not like what he sees in Indian politics and that the "system in the country" needs to change.

Rahul Gandhi said, there was a huge difference between the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and 2002 anti-Muslim Gujarat riots.  In Gujarat, he alleged, the state government was "actually abetting and pushing" the riots.

He said: "The difference between the '84 riots and the riots in Gujarat was that in 1984, the government was trying to stop the riots."

"I remember, I was a child then, I remember the government was doing everything it could to stop the riots," Gandhi said.

"In Gujarat, the opposite was the case. The government in Gujarat was actually abetting and pushing the riots further."

"So, there is a huge difference between the two things," Gandhi said.

Rahul Gandhi  dwelt on the pain of what he called, the circumstances in which he grew up - witnessing the assassination of his grandmother, then prime minister Indira Gandhi, and his father, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.