Those doing vipassana are messed up: BJP MP Poonam Mahajan's swipe at sleeping beauty Rahul Gandhi

BJP MP Poonam Mahajan took a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and said those who do vipassana are "messed up in mind".

Taking a swipe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, BJP MP Poonam Mahajan said that those doing vipassana are "messed up in mind".

Senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjwewala shot back, and said that "anyone who is spiritual is not messed up, instead anyone who calls him so is messed up".

The two politicians, along with Congress' Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot and BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, shared the stage at India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2017 in Guwahati.

WHO DOES VIPASSANA?

Asked about one suggestion she would give to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Poonam Mahajan said she cannot think of one, adding that people in the party are catching up with him as the Prime Minister is way ahead in his ideas.

Mahajan while lauding Narendra Modi for connecting with people of all ages drew a contrast with "sleeping beauties of Parliament who take two-three months off".

"Who does vipassana? One who is messed up in mind," Poonam Mahajan said.

Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala countered: "I don't think spirituality is an abuse in this country... Anyone who is spiritual is not messed up, anyone who calls him so is messed up".

In early 2015, Rahul Gandhi had taken a 57-day sabbatical, and during this period it was widely reported that the Congress vice-president had gone to an undisclosed location for vipassana.

SARMA SAW A GREAT LEADER IN RAHUL

Reacting to Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's statement on Rahul Gandhi being inaccessible to his partymen, Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "(Himanta Biswa) Sarma saw a great leader in Rahul Gandhi as long as he was a minister in the government".

Sarma had quit the Congress and joined the BJP ahead of the Assam Assembly election, and took the BJP to its first victory in the state last year.

On dynasty politics, Surjewala said post 1989, no member of the Gandhi family has become a prime minister.

ANTI-ROMEO SQUADS A COOL IDEA

When asked about their opinions on anti-Romeo squads, BJP's Poonam Mahajan said she supports it. "It is cool idea but ant-Romeo squads should not hurt people's sentiments or harass young couples".

President of Rajasthan Congress Sachin Pilot said such squads "cannot unleash terror" in the name of checking harassment of girls.

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo said, "We have to stop talking about gau rakshaks and anti-Romeo squads, and talk of jobs and development".

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