NEW DELHI: Hitting out at former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the BJP on Wednesday wondered if a "weapon" (Pegasus) had been implanted on his phone then why did he not speak about it for so many days.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, Sambit Patra said: "Rahul Gandhi is saying that a weapon has been implanted on his mobile phone. Why did he not speak for so many days and kept mum? Has he filed any FIR on this issue?"
"For the Congress party and some other opposition parties, Pegasus has become a bigger issue than the COVID pandemic. When the entire country was unitedly fighting the COVID pandemic, the leaders of the Congress party and some other opposition parties were hiding inside their homes. The meaning of Rahul Gandhi is being an irresponsible and non-serious leader," Patra said.
Attacking the Congress for not allowing the Parliament to function, Patra said: "When the entire country was fighting the Corona pandemic, the Congress party was demanding debate in Parliament. And now when Parliament is in session, the Congress party is not allowing it to function and creating ruckus."
"People of the country have elected them and sent them to Parliament to do constructive debate. The Congress party is least interested in letting Parliament to discuss and debate the important issue of Corona, it only looks for baseless and redundant issues and creates obstacles to not let Parliament function," he said.
Taking a dig at Congress leader's claims of united opposition, Patra said: "Rahul Gandhi is saying that the Opposition is united. Before the 2019 general elections a similar photo had some light, but everyone knows what happened to the so-called unity of the imaginary 'Mahaghatbandhan' (grand alliance)."
He claimed that the leaders and parties who formed the imaginary 'Mahaghatbandhan' are the ones who just think about their families and they have just one ambition, one goal and that is to save their own families.
"Do you think that Akhilesh YadavBharatiya Janata Party ,Pegasus,Rahul Gandhi children in politics. And on the other hand we have our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji whose only mission is to take our nation forward," the BJP leader said.
Patra also hit out at the Kerala government for the surge in COVID cases. "Recently on the festival of Eid the Kerala government gave some relaxation to the COVID protocols, on which the Supreme Court had raised serious concern. But unfortunately the politics of appeasement won in Kerala as the State government did not follow the instructions given by the Supreme Court for the Eid celebrations," Patra said.
He alleged that it is because of the highly callous and irresponsible behaviour of the Kerala government that today more than 50 per cent of the Corona cases are being reported from Kerala.
"Today 22,000 Corona cases have been reported from Kerala and it looks like a new wave of the Corona pandemic has already started in Kerala," he said.
He claimed that yesterday the Health Minister of Rajasthan Raghu Sharma celebrated his birthday in an indoor stadium where a large number of people gathered.
"All protocols related to the Corona pandemic were grossly violated. Schools and colleges of Rajasthan are closed, but the Health Minister of Rajasthan celebrated his birthday by putting the lives of hundreds of people at risk," Patra added. (IANS)