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BJP terms Rahul Gandhi 'non-performing' president, says Congress exposed after no-confidence vote

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that the CWC meeting was more of a "Congress darbari meeting" and it was aimed at promoting the interests of a single family.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 22, 2018 22:39 IST ]
BJP leaders lashed out at the opposition Congress party and

BJP leaders lashed out at the opposition Congress party and its chief Rahul Gandhi over a myriad of issues- including the CWC meet and the no-confidence motion.

 

BJP leaders lashed out at the opposition Congress party and its chief Rahul Gandhi over a myriad of issues- including the CWC meet and the no-confidence motion.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that the CWC meeting was more of a "Congress darbari meeting" and it was aimed at promoting the interests of a single family. 

"Today, the CWC, rather Congress non-working committee, met under non-performing president Rahul Gandhi. After losing the no-confidence motion badly on the floor of Parliament, this was a meeting chaired by Rahul Gandhi, which was previously being chaired by Sonia Gandhi for 20 long years," he said. 

Referring to Sonia Gandhi's statement that reverse countdown of the Narendra Modi government has begun, Patra said those who had driven this country in reverse gear for 10 years, should not make such a comment. 

"The reverse countdown of dynastic politics, appeasement politics and caste politics has begun," he said, adding that one decision taken at the CWC meeting was that "we do not want to win and our sole aim is to defeat Modi". 

Terming it as an "negative sentiment", he said, "This country is an intelligent country which only gives way to positive politics and not negative politics.". 

He also attacked Sonia Gandhi for accusing the prime minister of indulging in rhetoric and said the country has witnessed the politics of "hug and wink" and the rhetoric on the floor of Parliament. 

Patra also took on former prime minister Manmohan Singh over his remarks on "self praise and jumlas", saying those who had reduced the post of the prime minister to a "jumla", should not talk about it. 

India is marching ahead and the country has emerged as the sixth largest economy in the world and GST rates have also been reduced further, he said. 

He said that senior Congress leader P Chidambaram played an important role in the meeting of the CWC which was more of a "out on bail committee". 

"Many of those occupying high positions were either out on bail or almost on installments of protection from court," he said. 

He said Chidambaram, who has been chargesheeted, stated during the CWC meeting that at best the Congress could contest 150 seats. If a party is looking at contesting only 150 seats, how can it dream of getting the prime minister's post? Patra asked. 

He said in this "namdhari committee meeting", the sole point of the Congress was that the party was ready to play second, third or even the fourth fiddle. 

The Congress has "almost accepted that they have become a new regional party and have lost their national character", the BJP spokesperson said. 
He claimed that the Congress has made a self-declaration that it was no more a national party. 

Attacking Rahul Gandhi and the Congress for raising doubts over electronic voting machines (EVMs), Patra said they also did not have faith in the Indian Army and had questioned the surgical strike. 

They also do not have faith in the Supreme Court as they had moved an impeachment motion against the chief justice of India, besides in the Reserve Bank of India and the World Economic Forum, he said. 

"Actually, the country does not have faith on Rahul Gandhi's leadership," he said. 

He also hit out at Rahul Gandhi for not taking any action against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his "Hindu Pakistan" remark.
 
Tharoor had recently kicked up a row with his remarks that if voted to power again, the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan". 

Meanwhile, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar slammed the Congress party saying that the party was exposed" during the no-confidence motion and Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that the opposition party was resorting to "theatrics" as it had no issue left to discuss.
 
Javadekar also said that the Congress's allegations about the Indo-French Rafale fighter jet deal were "baseless" and "lies". 

"During the no-confidence motion and after the immature address by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress was exposed completely and it was clear that the party was left with no issue," he said. 

"By hugging PM Modi, the Congress resorted to theatrics, as they had failed to put forward any issue," Javadekar added. 
Attacking the Congress over its allegations against the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, the minister said that the governments of India and France had issued statements. 

"On this part (Rafale), the Congress did not do its homework and got exposed," he claimed, adding that people would not fall prey to such allegations. 

"The Congress has been exposed completely and their bankruptcy has come to the fore," said Javadekar. 

Praising Modi, he said that the prime minister was working for the youth, the poor, farmers, soldiers, Dalits and marginalised sections of society. 

"That is why the BJP is gaining tremendous support from the people," he added. 

He claimed that after the no-confidence motion, the support for the BJP has increased.  

Attacking the Gandhi scion over his speech at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday, BJP's national media in-charge Anil Baluni said the people will reject him in the next general election. 

In a series of tweets, he also claimed that the Congress had decided to contest only 150 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, while Gandhi was dreaming to become the prime minister. 

"Heard that desperate and disappointed Congress at its meeting today has set a target of contesting 150 Lok Sabha seats, while its president Rahul Gandhi is dreaming to become prime minister," Baluni tweeted in Hindi. 

Referring to the Congress chief's hug to Modi during the debate on the no-confidence motion against the government in the Lok Sabha on Friday, the BJP leader said it was done forcibly. 

"Rahulji, you forcibly hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament but people will not hug you in the 2019 general election. You should prepare yourself for bringing a no-confidence motion in 2024," he tweeted. 

Reacting to former prime minister Manmohan Singh's attack on Modi at the CWC meet, Baluni said while the aim of the government led by the former was to increase corruption, the current NDA dispensation was aiming to double the farmers' income.                           

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