New Delhi, April 21: After Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi called the BJP government as 'suit-boot ki sarkar', the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hit back at Rahul Gandhi and said that the former UPA regime was 'loot and suitcase ki sarkar'.
As per an ANI report, "BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra took a jibe at the Congress leaders for showering praise on Rahul Gandhi post his first speech in the 16th Lok Sabha."
"We understand their happiness. We congratulate them. But scripted speeches and manufactured anger does not make one a leader and that too a 'kisan' leader," he added.
Criticising the Congress vice-president for calling Modi-led government as a 'suit-boot ki sarkar' Patra said, "The people, who were running the 'loot ki sarkar' for the previous 10 years, have no right to question the well meaning government that is functioning in the Centre today."
"It was a 'loot and suitcase ki sarkar' that Manmohan Singh ji and Sonia Gandhi were leading during their time," he added.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi had termed his government as a 'suit boot ki sarkar' (a government of suit), an apparent reference to a costly suit with his name engraved that he had worn during the visit of US President Barack Obama in January.
As the ruling BJP members protested strongly, he said, "chalo suit ki baat khatam ho gayi hai (the talk about suit is over). You auctioned it. I will not speak about it now. Happy?"
During his speech, Rahul referred to Modi as "aap ke pradhan mantri (your Prime Minister) as he was targeting the BJP. When some BJP members said Modi was the Prime Minister of the country, Rahul said, "Ok, desh ke pradhan mantri hai (the country's Prime Minister)... But is he not your Prime Minister?"
In another dig at the government, Gandhi said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is the only person in the ruling party who speaks his heart."He (Gadkari) had said farmers should not depend on God or the government,", he noted, adding that it was "dil ki baat, mann ki baat (talk from the heart)".
While some ruling members were raising slogans disrupting Rahul's speech, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu intervened and said that everybody has a democratic right to speak in the House. Nobody should disrupt and those who want to speak can do that later.
(With inputs from agencies)