Seems Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s comments on Tuesday have opened a cantankerous can of political barbs and jibes. Defending the Gandhi family and their contribution to the country, Kharge questioned if any Opposition member can count lives from their family, martyred in honor of the nation. He further went on to state that neither have any of them, nor any of their “dogs” ever sacrificed anything for the country.
Close on heels of this, comes a scathing attack on Gandhi scion, RaGa. Without naming him, Bhopal-based writer Manoj Muntashir, while speaking on the topic “I Am India” at Rabindra Bhavan, on Tuesday, stated: “Chanakya had said that a son born to a foreign mother can never be a patriot. He said that the problem is of DNA.”
However, historians have been quick to point out that Muntashir’s History seems short-sighted. “He would have done better by recalling that Chanakya’s protege, Chandragupt Maurya married Helena and their son Bindusara’s lineage led to Emperor Ashoka the Great. Would BJP and its implants question this too?” shared an informed academic on conditions of anonymity.
The BJP is supporting Muntashir’s statement, but the Congress has questioned the intention of the BJP for making such a statement about Rahul Gandhi. “India is the only country in the world where people do not have to be taught patriotism because we are born with it in our DNA. An irresponsible politician said that the soldiers of our country were beaten up by the soldiers of China. How can someone use such shameful language? But why should I blame him? I am quoting the statement of Acharya Vishnu Gupta Chanakya, ‘A son born to a foreign mother can never be a patriot,’” he went on.
Attacking Muntashir, Congress leader P.C. Sharma reminded all that Sonia Gandhi has refused the post of Prime Minister. He added: “Such nasty thoughts belong to an ancient poet and a blind devotee of BJP. BJP is worried about Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. How can one overlook the sacrifices made by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives?”
However, Madhya Pradesh’s Health minister, Vishwas Sarang, also heaped vitriolic on Rahul Gandhi stating that his statement about “pitai” had grossly degraded Indian jawans.
Hostilities between India and China in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang region seem to have fuelled the fire between the ruling BJP and the Congress-led Opposition. With the government not yielding to the Opposition’s demand for a discussion on the India-China border issue following the December 9 Yangtse clash, political jibes have reached a new low.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is currently traversing Rajasthan.