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Congress vice president Rahul GandhiReuters

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that he was reading the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita to fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"Nowadays, I study the Upanishads and the Gita since I am fighting the RSS and BJP," Gandhi said while addressing party members in Chennai. He also accused the BJP of not being able to fundamentally "understand India," and "understand only Nagpur", the headquarters of the RSS.

"I ask them (RSS men), my friend, you are doing this, you are oppressing people, but it is written in the Upanishad that all people are the same and how come you are contradicting what your own religion says," party sources quoted him as saying, PTI reported.

Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that BJP members seem to believe that the "entire universal knowledge" came out of the country's Prime Minister. He also accused the RSS and the BJP of forcing a single idea on the entire country. He said that every citizen of this country had the right to express dissent if an idea was being imposed on them.