Several BJP leaders including BJP chief J P Nadda slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his derogatory statements against north India BJP chief J P Nadda, along with several Union ministers, confronted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for what they called disparaging remarks against north India.
Rahul Gandhi in his statements said that he has got a refreshing role as a Lok Sabha member in Waynad constituency of Kerala than what he had experienced in Amethi of Uttar Pradesh.
Reacting to Gandhi’s statement the BJP leaders said, “A few days back, he was in the northeast, spewing venom against the western part of India, today, in the south, he is spewing venom against the north. Divide and rule politics won’t work Rahul Gandhiji. People have rejected this politics. See what happened in Gujarat today.”
Disgorging in Thrivananthapuram on Tuesday, Gandhi said, “For the first 15 years, I was an MP in the north. I had got used to a different type of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was very refreshing as suddenly I found that people are interested in issues and not just superficially, but going into detail in issues.”
The BJP chief with other two senior BJP functionaries Nadda was joined by senior BJP functionaries in taking offense at Rahul’s comment. “So Rahul Gandhiji thinks that people in the north are not interested in issues based politics? They were not interested in your empty promises, Rahulji. You couldn’t understand the pulse of the people from your family’s pocketborough even after representing it for 15 years,” said the petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Rahul had won easily in Waynad but lost in Amethi in 2019 elections.
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that Gandhi is implying that he was forced to leave Amethi seat because of voters’ lack of intelligence instead accepting his failure in the constituency. “The man who ran to Kerala to save his Lok Sabha seat questions the intelligence of north Indians, including those who faithfully voted for his family for generations. Fact is, he was forced to run because of non-performance and lack of development,” Puri added.
“Rahul Gandhiji, please don’t abuse Amethi and north Indians. Amethi people have given so much chance to your entire family. People from every part of India are good if you are good,” said the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.