New Delhi, June 14: A day after he hosted Iftar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has created a furore among the Muslim community by wearing a skull cap offered to him by a Muslim supporter only for a few seconds before discarding it. The whole incident was caught on the camera and the video has gone viral on the social media.
In the video, Rahul Gandhi can be seen sitting with senior leaders of the party when a supporter comes and offers him the cap. Gandhi accepts the gift and wears the skull cap but removes it within seconds. This has not gone down well with the Muslim community.
Reacting to the incident, BJP termed it as a photo-op and a publicity stunt. ”Congress hosts Iftar for political engineering, but we want to give dignity to Muslims,” Union Minister and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tweeted. The Union Minister also hosted an Iftar party on Wednesday.
Gandhi hosted an Iftar on Wednesday evening and as expected, leaders of Congress and other anti-NDA parties turned the event more into a show of strength. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former President Pratibha Patil and former Vice President Hamid Ansari were among the dignitaries who attended the function at a hotel where leaders from opposition parties, including rebel Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Janata Dal-Secular leader Danish Ali, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Satish Chandra Mishra were also present.
Nationalist Congress Party leader DP Tripathi, DMK’s Kanimozhi, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Jha, and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s Hemant Soren were the other opposition leaders who were present along with Congress leaders P Chidambaram and AK Antony.
This was the first Iftar Gandhi hosted since he took charge as the Congress chief. The Congress’ decision to resume Iftar came days after President Ram Nath Kovind decided to discontinue the feast traditionally held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The resumption of Iftar also comes at a time when the Congress is seen to be pursuing a policy of soft Hindutva as evidenced in Rahul Gandhi’s several recent temple visits.