In a stinging attack on the Gandhi family of the Congress, BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday (June 24) said a dynasty and its courtiers have “grand delusions” of the opposition being about itself and stated that a “rejected and ejected” family is not equal to the entire opposition.
In his tweets, Nadda said it was the time for unity and solidarity, and the “relaunch of the scion for the nth time can wait”, an apparent dig at Rahul Gandhi, who has recently been expressly critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his handling of the border row with China.
Rahul Gandhi has been vociferous in his attack on PM Modi following his statement at an all-party meeting last week that neither was anyone inside India’s territory nor had anyone captured its posts while referring to the Ladakh face-off.
On Tuesday (June 23), the Congress leader had tweeted, “We are standing united against Chinese aggression. Has China occupied Indian territory?” along with a photograph of the Pangong Tso lake clicked by his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Hitting back, Nadda said India lost thousands of square kilometres of land due to the “misadventures of one dynasty” and claimed that the Siachen glacier, where the Indian Army has a strong presence, was almost gone.
“No wonder India has rejected them,” he said. The BJP president posted a news report to back his assertions about Siachen.
“One royal dynasty and their loyal courtiers have grand delusions of the Opposition being about one dynasty. A dynasty throws tantrums and his courtiers peddle that fake narrative. Latest one relates to the the Opposition asking questions to the Government,” Nadda said.
Though he did not directly name the Gandhi family or any of its members, the reference was clear.
He said it was the opposition’s right to ask questions and added that the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw healthy deliberations, with several opposition leaders giving their valuable inputs. They also fully supported the Centre in determining the way ahead, Nadda said. “One family was an exception. Any guesses who,” he asked.
It is the Opposition’s right to ask questions. The All Party Meeting saw healthy deliberations, with several Opposition leaders giving their valuable inputs. They also fully supported the Centre in determining the way ahead.
One family was an exception. Any guesses who?
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) June 24, 2020
Targeting the Gandhis, the BJP president said, “One rejected and ejected dynasty is NOT equal to the entire Opposition. One dynasty’s interests are not India’s interests. Today, the nation is united and supportive of our armed forces. This is the time for unity and solidarity. Relaunch of the scion for the nth time can wait.”