Wednesday , October 27 2021

Blood on Congress` hand remark: Will protect leaders like Salman Khurshid, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Reacting to Salman Khurshid’s remarks, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said he would allow different voices to flourish within the organisation. At the same time, he stressed that all must present a united face when it comes to fighting forces like the RSS.

This was Rahul’s first public comments on recent dissenting opinions expressed by senior party leader Khurshid.

Addressing the party’s ‘jan aakrosh’ rally at the Ramlila Maidan, with the senior leader in the audience, he said the party will respect its experienced and young leaders and workers alike. Action will be taken against anybody who shows disrespect to own party colleagues, Rahul added.

“I want to give an example. Salman Khurshid ji is sitting here. A few days back, he voiced opinions which were against the party line. I am ready to accept from this platform that there will be different opinions in our party and that I will allow different opinions to flourish in the party,” he told the gathering.

Rahul further said he will protect people like Khurshid, a former Union minister, who has opinions different from the party’s. “But, I do want to say something that when the party is fighting against the RSS, then we will have to do so with unity and love,” he said.

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, Rahul said they would never say something like this. This is mainly because only two people are respected in the ruling party, PM Modi and Shah, he alleged.

“Neither Arun Jaitley ji nor LK Advani ji nor their CMs will be respected in their party. In their party, only Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will be respected, Rahul said.

Reacting to Rahul’s statement, Khurshid, “Modi (PM) should learn from Congress president Rahul Gandhi how to respect ideas and reach out to supporters.” He also took a dig at the BJP.

Last week the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra given by seven opposition parties led by Congress did not have the backing of Khurshid, a former law minister. He had said he was not kept in the loop on the impeachment notice.

Also, a controversy had erupted last week over Khurshid’s remarks that the party’s hands were ‘stained with blood’, prompting the Congress to quickly distance itself from the comment.

The party had said it disagreed completely with Khurshid and requested its leaders to refrain from making such “unfounded” statements that “help the cause” of the party in power.

“It is a political question. There is blood on our hands. I am also a part of the Congress so let me say it, we have blood on our hands,” Khurshid had said in response to a student accusing the Congress of having Muslim blood on its hands and asking how the party proposed to wash it off, at an event in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh on April 22, PTI reported.

After a controversy erupted over the issue, Khurshid hit out at the media, saying it saddened him as it questioned right to speak the truth.

Meanwhile, Rahul also launched a fusillade on PM Modi and his government, questioning why the country’s ‘chowkidar’ was silent on issues of graft and weakening of institutions.

Addressing the rally, he sought to compare the performance of the governments led by his party with that of the Modi dispensation at the Centre.

He claimed the Congress united all sections of society and spread love in 70 years unlike the BJP, which allegedly attacked Dalits and minorities. Rahul charged that farmers were under stress, but their loans were not written off by the government, which, he added, waived of debts of corporate houses.

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