New Delhi, Aug 14: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hit out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his “don’t believe in any variety of Hindutva” remark saying it disrespected the Hindu philosophy and humiliated the majority community. Asking him to clear his stand on why he does not have faith in Hindutva, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra dared the Congress leader to use such words against any other religion. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Distances Congress From Coronavirus in Maharashtra, Says 'We're Not Key Decision-Makers There'
At a press conference, Patra said, “In a closed-door interaction with editors, Rahul Gandhi said he does not believe in Hindutva — ‘soft’ or ‘hard’. One can understand if you say you don’t believe in fanaticism but to say that you don’t believe in Hindutva is shocking. A few days back he had said that Congress was a ‘Muslim party’ and today he said he has no faith in Hindutva. It is humiliating to a majority community.” Also Read - Lockdown Has Failed, PM Modi Must Say What Plan B is, Rahul Gandhi Fires Salvo
“Whenever he senses a benefit, he becomes a janeu-dhaari, and when he sees an adverse reaction, he leaves his ‘janeu’ and forgets Lord Shiva. By making such remarks, you (Rahul Gandhi) are playing with the faith of thousands of Hindus,” he said. On Congress leader’s remarks that he wants to defeat BJP and RSS in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Patra said that he now doubts if he (Rahul Gandhi) wants to defeat the Hindus. Also Read - Congress to Hold Online Campaign on May 28 to Highlight People's Distress Due to COVID-19 Crisis
The BJP’s reaction came hours after in an interaction with editors, Gandhi did not agree that he was embracing soft Hindutva to appease the majority community. “I don’t believe in any kind of Hindutva, soft or hardcore,” he said. His differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he insisted, were ideological and not personal.
He said the BJP would not even get 230 Lok Sabha seats and hence there was no question of Modi continuing in office again. The BJP tally would be cut primarily due to the alliance among non-BJP parties in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
With IANS inputs