NEW DELHI: A war of words broke out between BJP and
on Sunday over
MP Shashi Tharoor
’s remarks at a Lahore event, with the
accusing him of “demeaning and discrediting” India and wondered if Rahul Gandhi wanted to contest elections in
. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said he and BJP will now call him “Rahul Lahori”.
Congress hit back and said BJP had always responded to substance and facts with “jumlebaazi” (rhetoric).
BJP attacked Tharoor after he posted a link to the comments made online at ‘Lahore Think Fest’, which his office said was held last month, in which he criticised the Modi government’s handling of Covid-19 and also spoke of “bigotry and prejudice” against Muslims during the
At a press conference, Patra said it was “unbelievable” that a senior Congress leader and an MP like Tharoor could make such comments against India at a Pakistani forum. “He has demeaned India and projected the country in dim light,” Patra said.
Referring to Tharoor’s remarks that Rahul had warned about the severity of Covid-19 as early as in February and that he should be getting credit for it, Patra said Tharoor was a close friend of the former Congress president and wondered if Rahul wanted to get credit in Pakistan and contest polls there. He is already a “hero” in China and Pakistan, Patra added.
said such reactions from the ruling party “ridicule” the debate and “diminish us as a democracy”.