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New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram:

Senior BJP leaders, together with celebration chief JP Nadda and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, lashed out at Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday night time, accusing the Congress MP of disrespecting north Indians, and searching for to “divide and rule”, throughout an election rally in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr Gandhi, who’s within the southern state to marketing campaign forward of Assembly polls due in just a few weeks, had mentioned: “For first 15 years I was a MP in the north. So I had got used to a different type of politics. Coming to Kerala was very refreshing as suddenly I found that people are interested in issues… and not just superficially, but going into details.”

“And recently I was telling students that I really enjoy Kerala and Wayanad. Its is not just affection but it is the way you do your politics. There is intelligence with which you do your politics,” he added.

Mr Gandhi is at present the Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad.

He was earlier a three-term MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi – a Gandhi household stronghold that was flipped by the BJP’s Smriti Irani within the 2019 election. He contested from each Kerala and UP and solely retained his MP standing after profitable within the southern state.

Mr Gandhi might have considered his feedback as complimenting the political nous of the individuals of the state, the place the Congress-led UDF is the first opposition and has been fiercely concentrating on the ruling Left alliance on a number of points, together with corruption and unemployment.

However, the BJP was fast to hit again at his remarks, with some criticising Mr Gandhi for making an attempt to “divide” the nation and others for working down north Indians after they voted him out.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, whose father – Ok Subrahmanyam, a former civil servant – was from Tamil Nadu, referred to his pan-India upbringing and mentioned “India is one… never divide us”.

“I hail from the south. I am an MP from a western state. I was born, educated and worked in the north. I represented all of India before the world. India is one. Never run down a region; never divide us,” he tweeted.

BJP chief JP Nadda provided a scathing retort, tweeting: “A few days back he was in the northeast, spewing venom against the western part of India. Today in the south he is spewing venom against the north. Divide and rule politics won’t work… People have rejected this politics. See what happened in Gujarat today!”

Mr Nadda was referring to native physique elections in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence state, through which the BJP is about to say an amazing victory; the ruling celebration was profitable in over 400 of 474 contested seats as counting progressed by way of Tuesday night.


Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan additionally tweeted, mocking Mr Gandhi for claiming to welcome issue-based politics after failing to know the “pulse of your family’s pocket-borough (Amethi)”.

“So, Rahulji thinks that people in the north are not interested in issue-based politics? They were not interested in your empty promises, Rahulji. You couldn’t understand the pulse of the people from your family’s pocket-borough even after representing it for 15 years,” he tweeted.

“Like Amethi was awash with saffron when the people realised your bluff, a day will come soon enough when even people in Kerala will make you run away,” he added.

Union ministers Kiren Rijiju and Gajendra Singh Shekawat additionally hit out at Mr Gandhi.

Mr Shekawat appeared to take a dig at Mr Gandhi’s Italian roots, tweeting: “North, South, East (or) West, no matter wherever you go Rahul Gandhi, you will always find Indians superficial. Because, to understand us, you have to be Indian first!”

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted: “Look at his gall. The man who ran to Kerala to save his Lok Sabha seat questions the intelligence of North Indians, including those who faithfully voted for his family for generations! Fact is…he was forced to run because of non-performance and lack of development.”

Earlier in the present day Mr Gandhi mounted an all-out assault on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s authorities.  

Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala had additionally launched an offensive in opposition to the Left authorities over a MoU signed with a US firm, alleging that it might enable overseas vessels to hold out deep sea fishing in Kerala waters, thereby depriving native fishermen of revenue. 

Mr Vijayan has strongly denied this, saying that state coverage didn’t enable overseas vessels to hold out deep sea fishing in its waters. However, a authorities order was subsequently launched, asking for the MoU concerning constructing of deep sea trawlers to be cancelled.


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