'Rhetoric of a loser': After Rahul's Congress plenary speech, BJP gives it back
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said a fiery speech made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his party's plenary meeting was the "rhetoric of a loser" and was "devoid of substance."
Gandhi compared the political struggle between the Congress and the BJP to the rivalry between the Kauravas and the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. For him, the BJP are like the power-hungry Kaurvas, and the Congress - like the Pandavas - fights for "the truth."
Sitharaman was not impressed. "Look at this," she told reporters, her tone incredulous.
She asked who had decided that the Congress represented the Pandavas - pointing to the Emergency, the Sikh riots, the UPA-era corruption worth "Rs 12 lakh crore," and a Kashmir "saddled with problems."
"(The) Congress party wants to identify itself with the Pandavas, The same party which questioned the fundamental existence of Lord Ram. It is the party which chooses to mock Hindus and Hindu rituals," Sitharaman was quoted as saying by ANI.
The Congress' ideology, she said, is "desh ko tukde tukde karenge."
Responding to Gandhi's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sitharaman said it was "astonishing" that he spoke in this manner about a leader who doesn't face corruption changes and runs a clean government.
She also brought up a comment Rahul Gandhi made about BJP President Amit Shah.
Astonishing that Congress President chooses to name BJP Pres Amit Shah & says he is murder accused. He has been cleared by a Court. This is a fake & false motivated campaign by someone who is out on bail on criminal conspiracy of fraud in National Herald case: N Sitharaman, BJP pic.twitter.com/7cn7hvOsKyANI (@ANI) March 18, 2018
Meanwhile, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called Gandhi's speech a "shameful" rant.
His colleague in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, said the speech was a low in the history of Congress speeches.
"He has accused BJP for the things for which the Congress should apologise. They've done the worst kind of genocide for Sikhs and justified it," he was quoted as saying.
(Inputs from ANI)