Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit created quite a stir with her comment alluding to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as a leader who was yet to mature. In an interview to an English daily, Sheila said: “…please remember Rahul is still not mature, his age does not allow him to be mature. He is what... in his forties. Please give him time.”
Not one to lay low, BJP president Amit Shah took the comment to target the Congress’ bid in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh elections.
At an election rally in Azamgarh, Shah referred to Dikshit’s comments and said that the ‘entire nation agreed with this fact'.
"Sheila ji, the whole country acknowledges the fact which you stated that Rahul is immature but I want to ask why you are enforcing him in Uttar Pradesh?" he said.
Lashing out at the Samajwadi Party government, Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had issued several schemes for the Uttar Pradesh government, but the ruling dispensation in the state was not interested in implementing those.
Rahul baba aap Modiji se sawal kar rahe ho? 60 saal tak aapke pariwar ne kya kiya? aap iska pehle jawab do: Amit Shah in Azamgarh pic.twitter.com/OgkxNvPgBP— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 24, 2017
Earlier, Sheila had said that ‘Rahul was not a mature politician but was ready to take over the reins of the party’.
She, however, later said that her words regarding Rahul were misinterpreted.
Rahul has the sensitivity and concern of a mature leader. His words are those of a young, courageous and restless man. #DontTwistMyWords— Sheila Dikshit (@SheilaDikshit) February 24, 2017
“Rahul has the sensitivity and concern of a mature leader. His words are those of a young, courageous and restless man,” her another tweet reads.
Mischievous interpretation of my words. #SaharaDiaries has been put to rest by Hon'ble SC. I was always ready for an enquiry. PM was not— Sheila Dikshit (@SheilaDikshit) February 24, 2017
Azamgarh will go to polls in the sixth phase on March 4. Results will be declared on March 11.