On Thursday, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh hit out again at Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, whose comment ‘Rahul Gandhi should go to Pakistan’ on Bharat Jodo Yatra sparked a war of words between the two parts. “Bharat Jodo”, which means “uniting India”, is the Congress’ attempt to strengthen its national footprint ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.
Calling the party’s mass contact program the “comedy of the century”, Himanta Sarma said on Wednesday that “the only time India was divided was in 1947 because Congress accepted it.”
“Rahul Gandhi ji should go to Pakistan for Bharat Jodo Yatra if they want unification,” the BJP leader wrote in a tweet. The pointed comment – as expected – drew strong reactions.
On Wednesday, Jairam Ramesh – calling the statement “outrageous” – said Sarma was incited to make such comments every day to “prove his loyalty” as he was in Congress earlier.
On Thursday, again, he took another hit when asked for comment. “I don’t want to waste my time countering the other side’s arguments. There will always be professional critics, salon critics, people who will raise questions in India for everything you do,” the senior Congress official was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.
Drawing an analogy from the Mahabharata epic, Jairam Ramesh further said that the party is “focused like Arjun was focused on the fish when he went to fetch the swayamvar from Draupadi”. “We have only one vision at the moment – to ensure the success of the campaign,” he added.
Among the other Congress leaders who fired on Himanta was Rajashtan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. “They talked about a nation without Congress, now they are furious and talk about Pakistan and the Yatra. They should be governing and thinking about inflation, unemployment instead,” he told ANI.
The 3,700 mile congressional walk plans to cover 12 states and two union territories.
(With ANI entries)
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