BHOPAL: BJP national president JP Nadda on Sunday launched a scathing attack on former AICC president and disqualified Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. Without naming him, JP Nadda claimed that the Congress leader’s “rassi jal gayi magar bal nehi gaya (is totally destroyed but still not letting go of his ego)”.
Addressing a large gathering of state BJP’s booth level presidents, JP Nadda said, “What is the situation of the Congress party today? I do not want to take names but discussions are being held. Arrogance is huge and understanding so little. The Congress party is on a Satyagraha protest. Satyagraha is what Mahatma Gandhi did in 1906 in South Africa and in 1919 in India. For who did he practice Satyagraha? For the pride of India, so India could be ruled by Indians.”
He further argued, “But what is the Congress’ Satyagraha about? What is your pride? You are breaking the tradition of democracy. You have no faith in the law. Ati peechra jati suchak gaali dete ho (You make casteist slurs)? Said they are thieves. The court kept asking ‘Apologise, apologise, apologise’. Your arrogance grew so huge that you refused to apologise. Your membership is annulled and you are convicted. Rassi jal gayi, bal nehi gaya.”
Nadda also recalled that Rahul Gandhi repeatedly says he is not afraid of anyone. “What does he say? He says, I am not afraid of anyone,” JP Nadda said. “At least, fear the Constitution and the law. Be afraid of the courts. Understand this. But no. The arrogance is so huge and understanding so little. People will not forgive them,” he said. The BJP national president asked party workers to go to the people and tell them that even after a casteist slur, the Congress party and its leaders did not apologise for it.
Soon after he landed at the state hanger for his day’s visit to the state capital on Sunday morning, JP Nadda set a dual target for BJP workers. With assembly elections due in November this year, Nadda asked for a victory with ‘200 paar (200+)’ seats out of a total 230 and 51% vote share. “The way you welcomed me today with great enthusiasm, it has given a message for the coming days. You have to transform this enthusiasm to a target and achieve 200 plus seats in the assembly elections.” He also set the goal of 51% vote share for the party. The ruling party’s focus is on attaining the 51% votes because in 2018 assembly elections, the party secured 41.02% vote share against the Congress’ 40.89%. And though the Congress’ vote share was slightly lower yet it managed to get five seats more than the BJP and formed a government with the help of BSP, SP and independents.
In the afternoon, JP Nadda along with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP president VD Sharma and top rung party leaders including Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Prahlad Patel, central leaders and cabinet ministers performed the bhoomi pujan and foundation laying of the new ten-storeyed state BJP office.