New Delhi: A day after Rahul Gandhi claimed that PM Modi does not understand the foundation of Hinduism, Union Minister Smriti Irani asked the Congress president to first explain ‘Hindu in him’.
Coming down heavily on the Gandhi scion, Irani said,”Rahul Gandhi, who didn’t know his gotra in Madhya Pradesh, will now tell Narendra Modi about Hinduism. (Wo Rahul Gandhi jo Madhya Pradesh mein yeh nahi jante the ki unka gotra kya hai aaj Narendra Modi ko samjhayenge ki Hindu dharm kya hai)”
“Rahul Gandhi who had once called Hindus terrorists is now talking about Hindutva. Today, he is issuing certificates who is Hindu or who is not,” Irani told reporters, a day after Rahul questioned PM Modi’s ‘Hinduism’.
She further asked,”Where was Hindu in Rahul Gandhi, when Congress party had filed an affidavit against Lord Rama’s existence”.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had also attacked Gandhi over his remarks against Modi. She had said,“I wish the day won’t come when we have to learn meaning of being a Hindu from you (Rahul Gandhi). For years, the grand party presented him as secular leader but near polls when they realised that Hindus are in majority, they created this image.”
“The one who wears Brahminical thread) Hindu, but I did not know he is so rich in knowledge that now he will teach us the meaning of Hinduism. I wish the day won’t come when we have to learn meaning of being a Hindu from Rahul Gandhi (Bayan aaya ki wo ‘janeudhari brahmin’ hai,par mujhe nahi maloom tha ki ‘janeudhari brahmin’ ke gyan mein itni vridhi ho gayi ki Hindu hone ka matlab ab hame unse samajhna padega.Bhagwan na kare ki wo din kabhi aaye ki Rahul Gandhi se hame Hindu hone ka matlab janna pade), said Swaraj, while addressing a press conference in Jaipur.
On Saturday, while addressing the business community in Mewar district of poll bound Rajasthan, the Congress president had asked,”What is the essence of Hinduism? What does the Gita say? That knowledge is with everybody… Knowledge is all around you. Every living being has knowledge. Our prime minister says he is a Hindu, but he doesn’t understand (the) foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?”