New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday hit back at Rahul Gandhi for questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hinduism and asking ‘What kind of a Hindu is he‘. The party also accused the Congress president of sanctioning all personal attacks on the PM. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note
Lambasting at the Congress president over his remark, in-charge of BJP’s national Information and Technology, Amit Malviya said, “Rahul Gandhi picks up from where CP Joshi left. Questions PM’s Hinduism implying he is someone from lower caste and unworthy of holding the high constitutional office or even commenting on Hinduism! It also establishes that all personal attacks on PM are sanctioned by Rahul.” Also Read - 'Global Pandemic Made us Realise Importance of Technology, Teamwork': PM Modi at Grand Challenges Meet
Earlier in the day, the Gandhi scion, while interacting with the business community and professionals in Udaipur district ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018, questioned PM Modi’s knowledge of Hinduism. He asked, “What does the Gita say? That knowledge is with everybody, knowledge is all around you. Every living being has knowledge. Our PM says he is a Hindu but he doesn’t understand the foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?” Also Read - 'Citizenship Amendment Act Will be Implemented Soon': BJP President JP Nadda in West Bengal
The Congress president’s attack came a few days after Congress leader CP Joshi stoked a controversy by claiming that PM Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharti are not qualified to speak on Hinduism. He was addressing a gathering at Sema village in Rajsamand district of poll-bound Rajasthan.
Joshi claimed that only the Pandits and the Brahmins are the ones who are qualified to speak on religion. “Uma Bharti, who belongs to the Lodi samaj, is talking about Hindu religion. Narendra Modi too belongs to some other religion and talks about Hinduism,” he reportedly said. The leader also targeted Hindutva icon Sadhvi Ritambhara.
Following the controversy, Nathdwara Returning Officer Nisha sent a notice to the Congress leader. Joshi, however, issued an apology for his remark tweeting, “With due to the Congress party’s principles and its workers, I express regret over my statements if it has caused hurt to any section of the society.”
He was also pulled up by Rahul Gandhi who said, “CP Joshi’s comments are against the Congress party’s principles. No party leader should make statements that hurt any section of the society. I am sure Joshiji has realized his mistake in view of the Congress’s beliefs and workers’ sentiment. He should apologise.”