New Delhi, Sep 25: The Congress on Monday hit out at BJP chief Amit Shah for attacking party Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his criticism of the government during his visit abroad, saying the precedent for that had been set by Prime Minister rendra Modi himself. The party also reminded Shah of the “series of scams” under the BJP-led government. It attacked Shah for raising the issue of dysty politics and said the BJP should not forget about their own leaders who follow the practice.
Congress hits back at BJP
Referring to Shah’s criticism of Rahul Gandhi, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said: “I do not know whether to laugh or cry. The BJP president is perhaps not aware of the millions of statements which were made by PM rendra Modi in different forum all over the world, which demeaned this country.
“There was an unspoken consensus in this country till 2014 that when you leave the shores of India, you leave your politics behind. That consensus was broken by PM Modi when he made the domestic politics of India open to global contestation. Therefore BJP is reaping what they have sown,” said Tewari.
“I don’t think Amit Shah should be shedding crocodile tears on it. When you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind. This tradition of dragging domestic politics to foreign shores was consecrated by none other than Modi. Amit Shah would be advised to revisit his statements.” Tewari added: “Speaking the truth, is not falling low. What Gandhi has stated in the US is based on facts and truth. There is not a grain of untruth in any of those statements.”
Attacking Modi, he said the Prime Minister chose to break the unspoken consensus in the most partisan manner. “Unfortutely for him history starts in May 2014. So therefore, this course is a two-way street.” On the issue of dysty politics, Tewari said: “Those who talk about dysty, if they don’t believe in dysty then why are Prem Kumar Dhumal’s son Anurag Thakur and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vansundhara Raje’s son Dushyant singh in Parliament. What are they doing in Lok Sabha?
“Chhattishgarh CM Raman Singh on whom there are charges of PDS scam, what his son is doing in Parliament. Before pointing fingers at others, BJP president should look inwards,” he added. Tewari lambasted the BJP for being selective in their approach. “They seem to suffer from permanent amnesia when it comes to their own corruption.”
Attacking the government, he said: “We would like to ask the BJP who facilitated the escape of Vijay Mallya, who gave travel documents to Lalit Modi, what is happening in Madhya Pradesh with regard to Vyapam, where are all the accused and people connected with the case seem to mischievously die. (IANS)