Mounting a counter strike after Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi led the 'Save Democracy' rally outside Parliament on Friday, the BJP called it a gimmick to divert public attention from the much controversial AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.
The rally came amid a face off between the Congress and the BJP led-coalition government at the Centre over a host of issues, including the AgustaWestland scandal.
The rally also saw Rahul and former prime minister Manmohan Singh attacking the Modi dispensation over pulling down of Congress governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Here is how political leaders reacted to the rally:
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu: Comparing Congress' talks over 'save democracy' to devil quoting scriptures, the minister said: "Today Congress is demonstrating outside the Parliament and levelling allegations against us. This is ridiculous and they have no moral right to say this (allegation against the NDA government).
"During the Congress regime, they had dismissed almost 100 state governments. President's Rule was imposed in two states but the governments (in Uttarkhand and Arunachal Pradesh) were not dismissed as was done by the Congress government in non-Congress states." He also said it was Congress that clamped the emergency on the country in 1975 and imposed press censorship besides sending opposition leaders to jail.
Congress talking about 'save democracy' is like devil quoting scriptures. They have dismissed more than 100 elected governments 1/
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) May 6, 2016
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad: According to the minister the 'Save Democracy' rally was more of a 'Save Gandhi family' rally.
Mujhe aisa lagta hai ki aaj ka ye pradarshan 'Sonia-Rahul parivar bachao abhiyaan' tha: Ravi Shankar Prasad pic.twitter.com/HuEFltGcMy
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 6, 2016
BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy: The Congress should change the name of the rally from 'Save Democracy' to 'Save Democracy from Congress'. It is very unique that Robert Vadra's face is featuring in one of the posters, the minister told Times Now.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra: "It is ridiculous to learn, that leaders like Sonia and Rahul who are out on bail on the National Herald case are marching in the 'Save Democracy' march. Since they have been cornered in the AgustaWestland case, the ones who have tried to destroy the democracy by means of corruption are now trying to find an escape route."
Suggesting that the Congress should hold a surrender march rather than holding a farcical 'Save Democracy' rally, the spokesperson said that they should walk up to the police admitting their corruption and surrender.
With inputs from Agencies
Updated Date: May 06, 2016 21:29 PM