Rahul’s Hitler comparison: So how did the German leader come to be what he became? | Political Pulse News,The Indian Express
"Hitler too used to win elections. And how did he win elections? Because the institutions of Germany were in his hands... Give me the entire structure and I will show you how to win elections," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said.
ADDRESSING a press conference Friday where he attacked the government over price rise, unemployment, GST rates and “the death of democracy”, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the BJP cannot claim legitimacy on account of winning elections alone. “Hitler too came to power, winning an election. Hitler too used to win elections. And how did he win elections? Because the institutions of Germany were in his hands… Give me the entire structure and I will show you how to win elections.”
So how did Hitler come to power and consolidate it?
The Great Depression
The worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialised world, the Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, starting with the stock market crash of October 1929. Germany saw a rapid rise in unemployment, and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party or the Nazi Party tapped into the dissatisfaction of millions of jobless voters.
From 1929 to 1932, the party’s membership surged. From around 8 lakh votes in the 1928 elections to parliament, it went up to 140 lakh in July 1932 (or 38% of the total).