New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed party leader CP Joshi for his casteist slur at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharati. “CP Joshi’s statement is against the principles of Congress party. Neta’s must not make statements that hurt people’s sentiments,” Gandhi tweeted, a day after Joshi  claimed that PM Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharti are not qualified to speak on Hinduism.

“Keeping in mind the ethos and principles of the Congress, Joshi ji must have realised his mistake. He should regret his statement,” Gandhi further said on Twitter.

On Thursday, while addressing a gathering at Sema village in Rajsamand district of poll-bound Rajasthan, Joshi had said,“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.”

A video of Joshi making the controversial statement was tweeted out by BJP leader Harsh Sanghvi. “Shameful statement by Congress Leader CP Joshi. Implies what does a lower caste person like Modi know about Hinduism as only Brahmins are true custodians of Hinduism,” the BJP leader wrote along with the video.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also tweeted out on the issue and termed the statement by CP Joshi as ‘appalling’.

Joshi is contesting the December 7 state polls from Nathdwara. The counting of votes for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly will be held on December 11.