- BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of seeking foreign intervention.
- Congress hits back Ravi Shankar, accusing him of lying.
India is seeing another rise of War of Words as BJP and Congress go against each other over Rahul Gandhi’s latest speech at the Cambridge University, London as the former Union Minister of India, Ravi Shankar, on Tuesday, accused the Congress leader of “insulting” the Indian democracy on foreign land.
However, the Congress party did not stay mum, hitting back Prasad over the accusation claiming he was distorting, twisting and lying “with a straight face”.
At the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi, while addressing the media Prasad said, “The BJP would like to very emphatically state with great agony that Mr Rahul Gandhi has sought to shame India’s democracy, India’s polity, India’s Parliament, India’s judicial system and her strategic security from a foreign land.”
Shankar added that Rahul Gandhi has forgotten all parliamentary norms, political propriety as well as the basic “democratic shame” for criticising Indians being on foreign land.
Shankar termed Gandhi’s comments as “utterly shameful,” saying that “It’s utterly shameful that Rahul Gandhi, from a foreign land, has tried to hurt the spirits of India’s consensus on the subject that no foreign country must intervene in India’s internal affairs.”
The Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha expressed BJP’s disapproval of Gandhi as “misusing the forum of British parliament” to spread shameful lies and unfounded claims. Shankar said that there was a need for a “proper rebuttal”.
Shankar further added that Indians neither listen to Gandhi nor do they understand him adding that supporting Rahul Gandhi is a distant thing.
Shankar went on to accuse Gandhi of seeking Europe and US’ “intervention”.
He said, “Rahul Gandhi has tried to embarrass the country by saying that Europe and America should interfere in the internal affairs of India”.
Prasad, seeking a reaction from the Congress party president Mallikarjun Kharge as well as his predecessor Sonia Gandhi on the “utterly irresponsible” statements and whether the opposition party disowns them or not.
He went ahead to slam Rahul Gandhi for his condemnation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), claiming that the Hindutva organisation has been serving society and the nation.TWEET:
Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad is doing what he and his Supremo do best–distort, twist, defame and lie with a straight face. https://t.co/8GuRmohU3Z— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) March 7, 2023
Shankar has claimed that the RSS’ ideology and its influence has spread across the Indian borders while the Congress party is sitting idle witnessing itself shrink further in the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
Jairam Ramesh, General Secretary of the Congress part, on Twitter, said that “Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad is doing what he and his Supremo do best– distort, twist, defame and lie with a straight face”.
Media Department Head of the Congress party, Pawan Khera, said, “There is nothing more amusing than watching an unemployed leader of a ruling party trying to seek relevance and re-employment,” on Twitter.TWEET:
There is nothing more amusing than watching an unemployed leader of a ruling party trying to seek relevance and re-employment.— Pawan Khera ?? (@Pawankhera) March 7, 2023
Those who have a full time job of twisting statements of opposition leaders forget their own favourite slogan ‘Ab Kii Baar, Trump Sarkaar’. https://t.co/F8sMB9ZBjq
Khera, in his tweet, claimed that people who are full time enrolled in the job of of twisting statements of opposition leaders forget their own favourite slogan ‘Ab Kii Baar, Trump Sarkaar’.
Rahul Gandhi, in his recent speech at the Cambridge University in London, was seen criticizing the in-power BJP for stifling protests, attacking minorities as well adversely affecting the democratic principles on India.
In his speech, Gandhi had said, “Indian democracy is under pressure, is under attack. I am an Opposition leader in India and we are navigating that space.
“What is happening is that the institutional framework which is required for a democracy — Parliament, a free press, the judiciary — just the idea of mobilisation, just the idea of moving around … these are all getting constrained.
“So, we are facing an attack on the basic structure of Indian democracy”.