Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday came under scathing attack of BJP leaders for his speech at University of California in Berkley. Gandhi had slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetization and allegedly allowing hatred and violence to destroy India’s social fabric.
BJP president Amit Shah, who is in Kolkata for a three-day visit, made a veiled attack on the Congress vice-president suggesting that nobody in India listens to anything that “failed leader” Rahul Gandhi has to say.
“Failed leaders run off to the US to lecture, as no one listens to them back home,” Shah said.
To Rahul Gandhi’s statement that dynastic succession is the way “most India runs”, Shah said that BJP has removed dynastic politics from India as it believes in the politics of performance.
Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Ravi Shankar Prasad have also hit out at Rahul Gandhi for criticizing Prime Minister in a foreign land.
Addressing a press conference soon after Gandhi’s speech, Union minister Smriti Irani said Rahul Gandhi attacking and belittling Prime Minister in a foreign country was “deplorable”.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said “Rahul Gandhi is breaking the well-laid tradition of Indian polity –that is when you go abroad, you don’t speak ill about the government.”
Terming the criticism as “unwarranted and unjustified”, Congress defended Rahul Gandhi saying that it was the Prime Minister who was guilty of insulting India on international soil.
“It is the Prime Minister of India who is guilty of insulting India on international soil. The Prime Minister called the country corrupt on his first visit abroad and also said on another occasion that Indians used to feel ashamed to accept they are Indian on international soil,” senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said.