Congress hits back at PM Modi for ‘party of Muslim’ remark

The Congress hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targeting it over minority appeasement and calling it a party of Muslims. The Congress said that the PM is spreading the “poison of hatred and division”.

PM Modi who is on a two-day tour of Uttar Pradesh yesterday (July 14) said, “I have read in a newspaper that Congress president has said that Congress is a party of Muslims. I am not surprised as when Manmohan Singh was PM, he had said that Muslims have the first right over natural resources.” “All I want to ask is, is their party only for Muslim men or for women too?” PM Modi said at a rally. He said that the Grand Old Party’s stand on triple talaq has exposed them.

Reacting to the remarks, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that the PM is lying by using the names of Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh. He said the PM looks “desperate” sensing defeat in the next polls and was seen spreading the “poison of hatred and division” in the society. He also alleged that PM Modi is blinded by his desire to take revenge on Rahul Gandhi.

Congress spokesperson Pramod Tiwari said, “If any party that has taken every section of the society along it is the Congress. This tradition has been followed from Jawaharlal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi.”

“We respect every religion and we don’t believe in the politics of division,” he told reporters.

Countering PM Modi’s charge on triple talaq, senior Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid claimed the PM “knows nothing” about the issue and should not speak on it.

“Does the PM know what triple talaq is? Does the PM know any of these things? If he can say in public what is triple talaq, we will be very happy to answer him. I think, the PM should not speak on everything particularly on the subjects he does not know about,” Khurshid said.

“There is no Muslim, Hindu, Christian party. There are political parties and they are political parties made up of human beings. It is good if the BJP was to discover what human beings are. They have spent too much time amongst those who are not human beings,” the Congress leader said in a scathing attack on the ruling party.

The BJP and the Congress have been sparring after the Urdu daily reported that the Rahul Gandhi who met Muslim intellectuals earlier this week had told them that the Congress was a party of Muslims.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Updated: July 15, 2018 — 8:28 am