Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his comments against the BJP at rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav's Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan (Save Composite Culture programme) on Thursday.
Attending the meeting, Gandhi had said, "There are two ways of looking at the nation. Some say this country belongs to them. Some say they belong to this country. This is the difference between us (Congress) and RSS."
Addressing the media, a furious Prasad called Gandhi's comment "utterly irresponsible", and said that the Congress leader had made one thing clear: "Woh bilakte hai, bhashan nahi dete (He bawls instead of giving a speech). His observations are more of a political cry."
Yadav had invited top leaders of the Congress, Left parties, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress and other Opposition parties to his programme, which is being seen as his show of strength against JD(U) party chief Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP.
Reacting to Thursday's convention, Prasad said, "On behalf of BJP, I would like to ask, how do they consider the merciless killing of RSS workers by CPM and goons in Kerala? Is it also a part of composite culture? This is hypocrisy."
Taking a dig at Yadav, Prasad said, "The one who started Janata Parivar, is today very happy sitting next to Rahul Gandhi." Prasad called the getting along of Yadav with Congress as the "alliance of scared people". "These are the people scared of BJP. These are people scared of corruption," he said.
The Union minister alleged that Gandhi had silenced everyone in Congress. "Despite being on a losing spree, no one in Congress questions Rahul Gandhi," he said. The senior BJP leader also urged Congress to give Gandhi lesson on the country's politics.
Prasad also questioned Gandhi's silence over the inquiry panel report on Rohith Vemula suicide. The report, which was made public on Wednesday, said that Vemula was not a Dalit, as opposed to what Gandhi and Left parties had claimed. "Why is he silent? Does he have anything to say? Does Gandhi speak on CPM workers killing RSS workers in Kerala?" he asked.
Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 15:06 PM