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BJP leader seeks apology from Rahul Gandhi for visiting pastor during Bharat Jodo Yatra

Rahul Gandhi owes an explanation to the people of the nation, whether he subscribed to the view of George Ponnaiah on Hindus and Bharat Mata.

Reported By: PTI New Delhi Published on: September 12, 2022 17:50 IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses media during the
Image Source : PTI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses media during the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra of Congress.

Highlights

  • BJP Mahila Morcha president Vanathi Srinivasan alleged the pastor was "anti-Hindu, anti-national"
  • Rahul Gandhi owes an explanation to the people of the nation, she demanded
  • Gandhi should also reveal what transpired between the pastor and him, she asked

BJP Mahila Morcha president Vanathi Srinivasan on Monday demanded an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his recent meeting with a pastor in Kanyakumari, which sparked a controversy.

Srinivasan alleged the pastor was "anti-Hindu, anti-national".

"Rahul Gandhi owes an explanation to the people of the nation, whether he subscribed to the view of George Ponnaiah on Hindus and Bharat Mata. Gandhi should also reveal what transpired between the pastor and him, and the topic of their discussion, she said in a statement here.

The Congress MP from Wayanad in Kerala had no time to visit Hindu places of worship in the State, but made it a point to meet Ponnaiah, she said.

Earlier, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla, while sharing the video of Gandhi with a priest, had said, "George Ponnaiah who met Rahul Gandhi says 'Jesus is the only God unlike Shakti (& other Gods)."

AICC general secretary-communications Jairam Ramesh had hit back, saying BJP's "hate factory" is sharing tweets about Gandhi which has no relation to the audio.

Gandhi launched his 3,570-km 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' from Kanyakumari on September 7. He had during the course of the march by foot met the pastor and the others.

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