Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his Cabinet colleague Smriti Irani, who holds the Woman and Child Welfare portfolio, on Saturday attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra‘.
Attending a BJP event in Jodhpur, Shah said the Congress leader who had once said that “India is not a nation” is now out to “unite” the country wearing a “foreign-make” T-shirt, while advising the latter to read the history of India. Irani, at a party event near Bengaluru, said Rahul was walking with people who chanted ‘anti-India’ slogans, an apparent reference to Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
“Rahul Baba has embarked on Bharat Jodo Yatra, wearing foreign jersey…foreign T-shirt. Friends, I want to remind him what he had said in Parliament — ‘Bharat is not a nation’. Arrey Rahul Baba, in which book you have read this? This is that nation for which lakhs of people have sacrificed their heads and coloured the land red. This is that nation where thousands of sisters committed ‘jauhar’ for honour and for the country. But this doesn’t seem like a country to you?,” said Shah, while addressing Rajasthan BJP booth functionaries in Jodhpur.
Addressing a gathering at the BJP’s ‘Jana Spandana’ programme at Doddaballapur near Bengaluru to celebrate the party’s three-year rule in Karnataka, Irani said, “Rahul Gandhi is on the way to unite India but he should first answer who dared to break the country. You allow a person to be a member of your party who has shouted the slogan ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge, Insha Allah’.”
Irani, who represents Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, said, “With all seriousness, I am making this charge of sedition. I am shocked at Rahul Gandhi’s statement that he is fighting against the Indian state. You have waged a war against India. I am shocked by your hunger for power.”
Irani was reacting to the Rahul’s statement in Tamil Nadu on Friday where he said how the BJP was taking control of all the institutions of the country and allegedly using them against the Opposition.