JP Nadda, the National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has criticized Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the Congress party, for his recent remarks calling “Modis are thieves“. In a series of tweets, Nadda accused Gandhi of having a “pathetic and casteist mindset” for comparing OBC communities to thieves. Nadda also alleged that Gandhi has consistently lowered the level of political discourse in the country by indulging in lies, personal attacks, and negative politics.
Nadda cited Gandhi’s past allegations of the Rafale scam and his “Chowkidar Chor Hai” remark as examples of his divisive rhetoric. He accused Gandhi of being obsessed with the cooked-up Rafale scam during the pre-election season in 2019. Nadda also pointed out that the Supreme Court had not appreciated Gandhi’s “Chowkidar Chor Hai” remark and that he had to apologize for it.
According to Nadda, Gandhi’s divisive politics had not been appreciated by Congress leaders or allies. Nadda mentioned that this issue was also taken up in the Congress Working Committee (CWC), where senior Congress leaders reportedly expressed their unhappiness with Gandhi’s remark. Nadda criticized Gandhi’s continuous ranting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he believed was harmful to political discourse. He stated that this had resulted in Gandhi being defeated in his own seat and the Congress party being wiped out nationally.
Nadda further accused Gandhi of refusing to apologize for his latest remark, which had received flak from the courts. He stated that this showed Gandhi’s deep-rooted hatred for OBCs. Nadda predicted that the people of India would punish Gandhi and his party in the upcoming 2024 elections.
Earlier this week, a Surat court sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two years imprisonment in a defamation case filed against him over his “Modi surname” remark. Gandhi had made the remark in April 2019 during a Lok Sabha election rally at Kolar in Karnataka. The court granted him bail on a surety and stayed the sentence for 30 days to allow him to approach higher courts. Congress leaders had rallied in support of Gandhi after the court’s verdict.