New Delhi, Jul 17: Hours after Rahul Gandhi broke silence over Bharatiya Janata Party’s allegations that Congres is a Muslims’ party, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit back at the Congress chief and said he does not love anyone but power. Addressing a press conference, Patra said, “Rahul Gandhi has claimed in a tweet that he loves all living beings. The fact is that he doesn’t love any living being but only a non-living thing called the throne of power.” Also Read - Former Maharashtra Minister Eknath Khadse Quits BJP, to Join NCP on Friday
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi had said that he stands with the persecuted and marginalised regardless of their religion or caste. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the party president, in a poetic manner, said, “I stand with the last person in the line. The exploited, marginalised and the persecuted. Their religion, caste or beliefs matter little to me.” Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
Reacting to Gandhi’s tweet, Patra said: “There is a sense of competition between Rahul Gandhi and Asaduddin Owaisi as to who would usurp the ideology of (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah to a complete extent.” Also Read - Why Should I Apologise: Kamal Nath Snubs Rahul Gandhi After Criticism on 'Item' Remark
“Owaisi has asked the percentage of the Muslims in the army and paramilitary forces. They are trying to divide the army and trying to bring religion into the army,” Patra said.
“You say you are with the last person in the queue, which is the ideology of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, but the Congress for so many years was not with this last person in the queue. So the last man is now also not with you. You cheated the last man for 70 years and now when you say that the Congress is a party of Muslims, it is also a breach of trust of the last person in the queue or the most marginalised,” he added.
“Congress leader Veerappa Moily seems to second Owaisi by saying that Muslims are indeed underrepresented in the army. BJP rejects the politics of division and believes in ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’,” he said. Patra also termed the Rahul Gandhi’s tweet as a ‘confession’ that his party belonged to Muslims.
Even though the Congress had denied any such statements being given by the party president, PM Narendra Modi picked it up to slam Rahul Gandhi at one of his UP rally. “I read in the newspaper that the Congress president had said that Congress is a party of Muslims, and there has been a discussion on this for the past two days. I am not surprised as when Manmohan Singh was PM, he had said that Muslims have the first right over natural resources,” PM Modi said.
Gandhi was slammed by many other BJP leaders including Prakash Javadekar. At a press conference, the union minister dubbed the Congress as the “worst communal party” and sought clarification on Rahul Gandhi’s statement.
(With agency inputs)