BJP hits out at Rahul
BJP on Tuesday said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi knows "defeat stares at his face" as he shied away from a debate with its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
"Rahul recognises certain defeat stares at his face," Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, referring to Rahul Gandhi's TV interview on Monday.
Addressing media persons on Tuesdat, Prasad said: "Rahul Gandhi kept saying that he wants to change the system. Who stopped him from changing the system in the past ten years."
BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley took a dig at Rahul saying that 'Rahul does not have knowledge of history. "I am not in any way wiser than what i was before I saw this interview," he said.
BJP hits out at Rahul, says defeat stares at his face
Shiromali Akali Dal (SAD) hit out at Rahul for his comments on the 1984 Sikh riots and said that Rahul had conveniently forgotten that his father was the PM during the riots.
Rahul Gandhi in his interview said that he was 'supportive of the AAP for the way they interacted with the public but was not happy with their party as a whole. Ashutosh, AAP leader on Tuesday said that 'Rahul Gandhi should look inward. The sooner he realises, the better for him.'
Congress supports its leader
Meanwhile the Congress party leaders continued to back Rahul and his views. Though his response on the 1984- Sikh riots picked up a political storm, leaders continued to support him. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh tweeted-
Saw Rahul's interview with Arnab. He stood his ground and put his point across unlike Modi who walked out when Karan Thapar interviewed him.
Saw Rahul's interview with Arnab. He stood his ground and put his point across unlike Modi who walked out when Karan Thapar interviewed him.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) January 27, 2014
Congress leader Ambika Soni too supported Rahul on his 1984-Sikh riots statement and said that the 'PM had apologised for the 1984 riots. But has the BJP ever discussed the 2002 Gujarat riots?'
Meanwhile former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit too supported Gandhi and said that he 'was a natural leader.' TMC too backed Rahul on Modi and Gujarat riots saying that 'Modi can't absolve himself of his role in the riots.'
Congress leader Jagdish Tytler said that Rahul Gandhi doesn't need to apologise for the 1984 riots.
Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, writer Taslima Nasreen and Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah too expressed their views on Twitter-
What ever people think of THE interview at least he's there taking the questions. Time now for the BJP's PM nominee to do the same.
What ever people think of THE interview at least he's there taking the questions. Time now for the BJP's PM nominee to do the same.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 27, 2014
Rahul Gandhi is giving importance to bring youngsters into his party, and to women's empowerment. I appreciate his ideas.
Rahul Gandhi is giving importance to bring youngsters into his party, and to women's empowerment. I appreciate his ideas.— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) January 27, 2014
With IANS inputs