New Delhi: Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised question on Rahul Gandhi’s Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via China, Congress came down heavily on the ruling party asking why is the ruling party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi so perturbed by Congress President’s trip.

Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala launched a scathing attack on BJP and asking,”Do they not know where Kailash Mansarovar is? Do they not know that Kailash Mansarovar is in the autonomous region of Tibet, China?”

Earlier in the day, BJP had accused the Congress chief of being the “Chinese spokesperson”. Speaking to reporters BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had claimed that the Opposition leader “always speaks in favour of the neighbouring country.”

“You are Rahul Gandhi, not ‘Chinese’ Gandhi. What is it that you always speak in favour of the neighbouring country,” Patra said, adding,”Rahul Gandhi has left for China via Nepal. Rahul ji has an obsession for China. Why is it that he always wants to get a Chinese view on everything but does not want to have an Indian perspective? Which politicians will he meet there?” He also raised a question on the Chinese envoy who went to see-off Rahul Gandhi at the Delhi airport when the latter (Rahul Gandhi) was leaving for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Notably the war of words between the ruling party and the Opposition broke ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage.  The Congress President Rahul Gandhi is likely to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in the first week of September and may leave later this week for the journey.

Gandhi had desired to undertake the Yatra during Karnataka assembly elections and had announced it at the party’s ‘Jan Aakrosh Rally’ at Ramleela maidan on April 29. In keeping with his promise, the Congress chief is likely to travel on the night of August 31 and will be out for a few days.