Rahul Gandhi has become a permanent part of anti-India toolkit: BJP Chief JP Nadda

| Updated: 17 March, 2023 2:28 pm IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday continued its attack on Rahul Gandhi on Friday with party president JP Nadda calling him a permanent part of the anti-India toolkit. Nadda also reiterated the party’s demand for an apology from Rahul Gandhi for his controversial remarks on Indian democracy made during his UK visit.

In a video statement released Nadda said “anti-India forces have always had problems with a strong India, its robust democracy and decisive government. It’s unfortunate that the Congress party is indulging in anti-national activities. After being repeatedly rejected by the nation, Rahul Gandhi has now become a permanent part of this anti-nationalist toolkit.”

Nadda chided Gandhi for inviting foreign powers to intervene in India’s internal matters. “What is this if not strengthening the traitors? Rahul Gandhi on foreign soil said that democracy has finished in India and Europe and the US should intervene. What could be more shameful than this? At a time when India is becoming the 5th largest economy in the world and G20 meetings are being held here, Rahul Gandhi on foreign soil is insulting the nation and the Parliament,” he said.

Nadda also claimed that Gandhi insulted the elected majority government and 130 crore Indians by speaking the “language of American businessman George Soros.“Why do George Soros and Gandhi speak the same language? Why do Pakistan and Congress speak similarly?,” he said.

The Congress party called the attack on Rahul Gandhi’s remarks made in various public events in London as a tactic to divert attention from real issues. “Can Rahul Gandhi ever be anti-national? Are people who debate about democracy anti-national? They (BJP) themselves are anti-national. They never took part in India’s freedom movement. And they’re calling others anti-national. They are doing this to deviate from issues of unemployment and inflation. I condemn JP Nadda’s statement. Why are they not giving Rahul Gandhi a chance to speak in Parliament?,” said INC president Mallikarjun Kharge.

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attended Lok Sabha for the first time since the massive row erupted over his comments in London.

When The News Indian’s Anand Singh sought Rahul Gandhi’s reaction on BJP’s allegations, he said: “I will speak inside the House if they allow me to.” In a lecture at Cambridge University in London Rahul Gandhi recently said, “Everybody knows and it’s been in the news a lot that Indian democracy is under pressure and under attack. I am an Opposition leader in India, we are navigating that (Opposition) space.”

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