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Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that he is in an ideological battle with the Bharatiya Janata Party and RSS and will continue it  with “10 times more vigour than the last five years.” Rahuk had officially submitted his resignation letter yesterday.

“I am with the poor, farmers and labourers,” he said.

“This fight [against BJP and RSS] will continue. Aakraman ho raha hai, maza aa raha hai [Attacks are coming and I am enjoying].” He spoke to the media after appearing at a local court in Mumbai for the hearing in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker.

“I did not say anything in the court, I had to appear,” ANI quoted Gandhi as saying. “It’s a fight of ideologies.” The Congress leader added that he had said conveyed whatever he wanted to in his resignation note.

Gandhi, in his resignation letter, said he had no hatred or anger towards the BJP, “but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India”.

“This is not a new battle; it has been waged on our soil for thousands of years. Where they see differences, I see a similarity. Where they see hatred, I see love. What they fear, I embrace,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi called Gandhi’s resignation a “brand new drama of the Grand Old Party”.

Gandhi noted that the Congress to elect a new president without further delay. Gandhi, who took over the reins of the party in 2017, said he was resigning as accountability was critical for the party’s growth.

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