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Congress Defends Rahul Gandhi, Slams BJP For Diverting Attention From Real Issues

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After BJP had slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his address in Germany, Congress has hit back and firmly defended party president Rahul Gandhi on the issue. It in a fierce counter- attack accused the BJP of “diverting attention” from issues like unemployment by targeting its leaders.

It may be recalled the current BJP-Congress flare up arose after addressing a gathering at Bucerius Summer School in Hamburg , Rahul had cited the example of Islamic State to say that exclusion of a large number of people from the development process could lead to creation of terrorist groups. He had also accused the BJP-led government of excluding tribals, Dalits and minorities from the development narrative and said “this could be a dangerous thing”.

The BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Rahul’s submission was that minorities in India would “sell their soul” to IS if jobs are not available for them, and this amounted to “denigrating” the community.

“His speech was full of lies and deception,” Patra alleged, wondering if the figures Rahul cited of China producing 50 jobs every 24 hours compared to 44 in India, were “made in 10 Janpath” (UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s official residence).

He said Sonia was Congress chief for over 19 years and ruled India as a “proxy prime minister” for 10 years. “Wasn’t this Indian culture which helped her reach the top? Rahul and Sonia Gandhi should come out and explain as to how they can point fingers at this great Indian culture,” he said, seeking Rahul’s apology for his response on the issue of safety of women in India.

The Congress quite expectedly did not take the charges lying low by saying : “The way the BJP has attacked our leaders, their choice of words….including against former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, it is a matter of regret. It is unfortunate for Indian politics. The entire country is paying tributes to A B Vajpayee. But the BJP has not followed what he had said. They have not learnt anything from him…they have nothing to say on concrete issues….They are not saying anything on unemployment… Rahul Gandhi had raised that issue…,” party spokesperson R P N Singh said.

Congress does not want any stamp of approval on Terrorism from the BJP. We have lost countless leaders in fighting terror.There is no place in this country where Congress workers have not shed their blood in fighting terrorism,naxalism and foreign oppression.What has BJP fought?

He said Rahul had spoken about joblessness and about forces, parties and organisations trying to exploit the anger and frustration of unemployed youngsters. “His issue was not just terrorism…he was talking about the the climate of hate and anger which we are seeing in the country…because people are feeding on that anger of those youngsters… but the government is not willing to accept that unemployment is a problem,” Singh said.


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