BJP astonished by Rahul Gandhi's speech, calls him 'deplorable'

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson, Sambit Patra, called Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi "deplorable" for "slamming his own country" while abroad.

Rahul Gandhi criticised the Modi government during a speech at a University of California, Berkeley. He was delivering a lecture on 'India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward'.

BJP astonished by Rahul Gandhi's speech, calls him 'deplorable'

Patra tweeted that Rahul's comments showed his "frustration" and said he was "astonished" by them.

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In his speech, Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the Modi government saying that "violence, anger and the politics of polarisation have raised their ugly head in India", a development "that is new to the country". "The idea of non-violence is under attack today, yet it is only idea which can take humanity forward," said Rahul.

"The politics of polarization is very dangerous. Hatred, anger and violence can destroy us. Liberal journalists are being shot. People are being lynched, dalits are being killed over suspicions of carrying beef, Muslims are killed over suspicions of eating beef, all this is new in India," said Rahul.

Also, his comment on Jammu and Kashmir did not go well with the BJP.

Rahul Gandhi said that for nine years he worked behind the scenes with Dr Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh. When we started out, terrorism was rampant in Kashmir. When we finished there was peace and we have broken their back. By 2013 we had basically broken the back of terror. I hugged the then PM, Dr. Singh and told him it was one of the biggest achievements.

But, Union Minister Jitendra Singh blamed the Congress party for the unrest in Kashmir, saying absence of peace in Kashmir was cumulative of Congress' misrule in Centre and state for decades.

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