New Delhi, April 7: BJP national president Amit Shah’s vitriolic attack on the Opposition hasn’t gone down well with the Congress. In his speech during an event to mark the 38th Foundation Day of the BJP, Shah had said on Friday that the Opposition was like traditional rivals like cats and dogs, snakes and mongoose, which were forced to come together against the deluge that was Narendra Modi.

While Shah went on to attack the Opposition for not letting Parliament function with its constant disruption, it is this comparison to animals that has infuriated the Opposition. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told news agency ANI on Saturday, “The manner in which Amit Shah used abusive language, calling the entire opposition animals and names, reflects that it is the language of a leader who has lost the battle even before it started.

However, Shah had gone on to clarify to media later on Friday that he wasn’t calling the Opposition names, he was just pointing out how traditional foes were coming together against the BJP. “Maine saanp aur nevele ka udaaharan issliye diya kyonki ye hamesha virodh mein rehne waale praani hain…phir bhi unko bura laga toh main unka naam leta hun…SP-BSP, Congress-Trinamool, Congress-TDP (I alluded to snake and mongoose because those are traditionally against each other…but if they (the Opposition) felt bad, let me get specific…SP-BSP, Congress-Trinamool, Congress-TDP,” a report quotes him as saying.

Happy with how far the BJP had come, Shah said, “The BJP started with just ten members and today there are 11 crore people associated with us.” Both the BJP and the Congress are flexing their muscles for an electoral battle in Karnataka. In the elections slated for next month, while the Congress would be fighting to return to power, the BJP would be trying to overthrow the Congress and consolidate its position in the south as well.