Rahul Gandhi also hit out at PM Modi comparing his style of governance with that of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
UDAIPUR: Amid criticism over his newly revealed “gotra”, recent temple visits in poll-bound states,
Rahul Gandhi hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a set of questions. The Congress chief
alleged that PM Modi lacks the “knowledge of Hinduism” during a rally in Rajasthan.
“It is fascinating for me that what is the essence of Hinduism. You please study Hinduism. What does
Gita say? It says that knowledge is with everybody. Knowledge is all around you. Our Prime Minister
says that I am a Hindu but he does not understand the foundation of Hinduism. What kind of Hindu he is?
That is the contradiction,” Mr Gandhi said.
A few weeks ago, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had controversially asked the Congress president:
“What’s your gotra?”
From “Vatican gotra ka Brahmin” to “gotra Itlus”– a dig at the Italian origin of his mother Sonia
Gandhi — Mr Gandhi has been constantly targeted by the BJP, prompting him to declare, “The BJP people
don’t understand the Hindu religion at all. My understanding of Hinduism is better than theirs.”
However, a few days ago, Rahul Gandhi had pulled up senior Congress leader CP Joshi and asked him to
apologise for his controversial comment that “only Brahmins know enough to talk about Hinduism”.
“CP Joshi’s comments are against the Congress party’s principles,” the Congress chief had said.
Neck-deep in high-octane poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states, the BJP said that
Mr Gandhi’s latest statement on PM Modi confirms that “all personal attacks on PM are sanctioned by
“Rahul Gandhi picks up from where CP Joshi left. Questions PM’s Hinduism implying he is someone from
lower caste and unworthy of holding the high constitutional office or even commenting on Hinduism! It
also establishes that all personal attacks on PM are sanctioned by Rahul,” tweeted BJP’s Amit Malviya.
Rahul Gandhi also hit out at PM Modi comparing his style of governance with that of former Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“I saw Mr Vajpayee. He used to fight us. We used to fight him. But his tone, language were different.
The man had character. We disagreed with him on so many things, but we said we will fight him
politically,” the Congress leader told the gathering in Udaipur.
Referring to the surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016, Mr
Gandhi accused PM Modi of turning the army’s 2016 surgical strike into a “political asset”.
“Like during the Narendra Modi government, surgical strike was conducted thrice during Manmohan Singh
government. Are you aware of it? When the army came to Mr Singh and said we needed to retaliate, they
also said we wanted it to be secret. But (Narendra) Modi ji actually reached into the Army’s domain and
turned their surgical strike into a political asset when it was actually a military decision,” he said.