Senior BJP leaders, together with get together chief JP Nadda and Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, lashed out at Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday evening, accusing the Congress MP of disrespecting north Indians, and in search of to “divide and rule”, throughout an election rally in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.
Mr Gandhi, who’s within the southern state to marketing campaign forward of Meeting polls due in a number of weeks, had stated: “For first 15 years I used to be a MP within the north. So I had obtained used to a special kind of politics. Coming to Kerala was very refreshing as out of the blue I discovered that persons are occupied with points… and never simply superficially, however going into particulars.”
“And not too long ago I used to be telling college students that I actually take pleasure in Kerala and Wayanad. Its isn’t just affection however it’s the manner you do your politics. There’s intelligence with which you do your politics,” he added.
For the primary 15 yrs, I used to be an MP in north. I had obtained used to a special kind of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was very refreshing as out of the blue I discovered that persons are occupied with points & not simply superficially however going into element in points: Rahul Gandhi, in Trivandrum pic.twitter.com/weBG2T1WAf
— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2021
Mr Gandhi is presently the Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad.
He was earlier a three-term MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi – a Gandhi household stronghold that was flipped by the BJP’s Smriti Irani within the 2019 election. He contested from each Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, and solely retained his MP standing after successful within the former.
Mr Gandhi might have considered his feedback as complimenting the political nous of the individuals of the state, the place the Congress-led UDF is the first opposition and has been fiercely focusing on the ruling Left alliance on a number of points, together with corruption and unemployment.
Nonetheless, the BJP was fast to hit again at his remarks, with a few of its leaders criticising Mr Gandhi for attempting to “divide” the nation and others for operating down north Indians after they voted him out.
Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, whose father – Ok Subrahmanyam, a former civil servant – was from Tamil Nadu, referred to his pan-India upbringing and stated “India is one… by no means divide us”.
“I hail from the south. I’m an MP from a western state. I used to be born, educated and labored within the north. I represented all of India earlier than the world. India is one. By no means run down a area; by no means divide us,” he tweeted.
I hail from the South.
I’m an MP from a Western state.
I used to be born, educated and labored within the North.
I represented all of India earlier than the World.
India is one.
By no means run down a area; by no means divide us.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 23, 2021
BJP chief JP Nadda provided a scathing retort, tweeting: “A number of days again he was within the northeast, spewing venom in opposition to the western a part of India. In the present day within the south he’s spewing venom in opposition to the north. Divide and rule politics will not work… Folks have rejected this politics. See what occurred in Gujarat right now!”
A number of days again he was within the Northeast, spewing venom in opposition to the western a part of India.
In the present day within the South he’s spewing venom in opposition to the North.
Divide and rule politics will not work, @RahulGandhi Ji!
Folks have rejected this politics. See what occurred in Gujarat right now!
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) February 23, 2021
Mr Nadda was referring to native physique elections in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence state, during which the BJP is ready to assert an awesome victory; the ruling get together was winning in 405 of 576 seats as counting progressed via Tuesday night.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan additionally tweeted, mocking Mr Gandhi for claiming to welcome issue-based politics after failing to know the “pulse of your loved ones’s pocket-borough (Amethi)”.
“So, Rahulji thinks that individuals within the north aren’t occupied with issue-based politics? They weren’t occupied with your empty guarantees, Rahulji. You could not perceive the heart beat of the individuals from your loved ones’s pocket-borough even after representing it for 15 years,” he tweeted.
“Like Amethi was awash with saffron when the individuals realised your bluff, a day will come quickly sufficient when even individuals in Kerala will make you run away,” he added.
Like Amethi was awash with saffron when the individuals realised your bluff, a day will come quickly sufficient when even individuals in Kerala will make you run away.
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) February 23, 2021
Union ministers Kiren Rijiju and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat additionally hit out at Mr Gandhi.
Mr Shekhawat appeared to take a dig at Mr Gandhi’s Italian roots, tweeting: “North, South, East (or) West, irrespective of wherever you go Rahul Gandhi, you’ll at all times discover Indians superficial. As a result of, to know us, you need to be Indian first!”
Regardless of wherever you go Rahul Gandhi, you’ll at all times discover Indians superficial.
As a result of, to know us, you need to be Indian first!
— Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (@gssjodhpur) February 23, 2021
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted: “Take a look at his gall. The person who ran to Kerala to save lots of his Lok Sabha seat questions the intelligence of North Indians, together with those that faithfully voted for his household for generations! Reality is…he was pressured to run due to non-performance and lack of growth.”
As an alternative of accepting failure & ineptitude to indicate outcomes he’s attempting to suggest that he modified constituencies as a result of the voters lacked intelligence!
It’s this mixture of conceitedness & selfishness which is answerable for the state which Congress right now finds itself in.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) February 23, 2021
Earlier right now Mr Gandhi mounted an all-out assault on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s authorities and, in an surprising change of plan, visited teams of younger Public Service Fee rank holders protesting exterior the secretariat, demanding jobs and talks with the state authorities.
He had additionally hit out on the BJP in reference to the farm legal guidelines and farmers being referred to as “terrorists”.