NEW DELHI: BJP on Monday hit out at Congress MP Rahul Gandhi over his purported remarks that the letter by nearly two dozen senior Congress members seeking changes in the organisation will help the ruling party, saying that he is “obsessed” with the saffron outfit.
“So obsessed is Rahul Gandhi with BJP that he is beginning to see Congress’ veteran leaders as those working in ‘collusion’ with BJP. Someone rightly said when one’s destruction is near, one stops using his own mind,” BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said.
Yadav made the remarks even as Congress denied that Gandhi had accused any party leader of “colluding” with BJP during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday.
Senior Congress member Kapil Sibal, not a member of the CWC, had referred to the purported remarks in a tweet. The former Union minister, however, withdrew it later saying Gandhi had told him “personally” that he had never made such comments.
BJP’s Tom Vadakkan, who was in Congress for decades and was considered close to the Gandhi family before he joined the saffron party last year, said, “The mirror has cracked. When a mirror cracks, there is no way to put it together. You have to throw it out.”
Vadakkan also said the commitment of signatories to the letter, which include veterans like Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ghulam Nabi Azad, to Congress is “definitely much more” than Rahul Gandhi’s.
“They are not born in the party. They have lived in the party. They have only suggested a course correction and free and fair elections and a leader who is available to lead the party round the clock,” he said.
Vadakkan claimed denial by Congress that Rahul Gandhi made any statement linking the letter’s signatories to BJP was an “afterthought”. “He (Rahul) believes if you are not with him, then you are with BJP, not even Trinamool Congress or any other party,” he said.
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said “sycophants” are more effective in Congress whereas Uma Bharti suggested that Congress rope in “actual Gandhis”.