Modi hurt, Sonia Gandhi's roar falls on BJP's deaf ears

Modi hurt, Sonia Gandhi's roar falls on BJP's deaf ears

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Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 14:07 [IST]

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New Delhi, Aug 28: It seems that Congress President Sonia Gandhi's attempt to teach moral lessons to BJP leaders failed. Launching their reverse attack, BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy reminded her about those incidents when she and her party leaders had used "derogatory" remarks against Narendra Modi, George Fernandes.

Criticising the Congress president, Rudy on Tuesday, Aug 28 claimed, "We don't need lessons from Sonia. She was the one to use the term 'maut ka saudagar' for Narendra Modi. Was it parliamentary or civil on her part?"

"Congress should stop its doublespeak. Why didn't Sonia find those comments of Congress leaders undemocratic where they called George Fernandes 'coffin chor'?" Rudy asked.

Rudy's statement surfaced hours after Sonia Gandhi's statement in which she stated, "BJP is mocking the people of India and don't have any respect for Parliamentary democracy."

Addressing her party members during the general body meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party on Tuesday, Mrs Gandhi urged party members to stand up against BJP.

"We need to fight the intemperate criticism and negative politics of BJP," asserted Mrs Gandhi.

Sonia, in an indirect jibe at the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj on her 'mota maal remarks', commented, "This is the handiwork of BJP, which shows scant respect for democracy. What more can be said when their senior most leader uses such words."

Mrs Swaraj on Monday addressed the media and hurled such remarks against the Congress leaders while discussing over coal scam.

Following the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation during 2005 to 2009, Mrs Swaraj claimed that Congress had gained "mota maal (massive profits)" in the coal blocks allocations.

However, this was not the first time when Mrs Gandhi reacted aggressively against the opposition party leaders' remarks in public.

During Parliament session, the Congress president lost her cool her when BJP veteran leader LK Advani called UPA government "illegitimate".

Mrs Gandhi had ordered all Congress MPs in the Parliament to protest against Advani and his remark. Citing the ruckus in the House, Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar urged Advani to withdraw his statement.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 13:53 [IST]