Billed as a one-stop interview that would set the tone for the Congress party’s campaign in the upcoming elections, Rahul Gandhi’s first formal TV tete-e-tete has created a buzz but with controversy as its major ingredient.
The jury may still be out on how Rahul fared in his 90-minute face-off, but it has started a slugfest between the Congress and the opposition parties. While the Congress firmly backed Rahul for his views on riots and corruption, opposition parties ranging from the BJP, Akali Dal to Janata Dal (U) and Aam Aadmi Party slammed him for his comments.
What riled the BJP most was the 43-year-old leader’s attack on their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for the Gujarat riots. The party said Rahul’s interview was “performance of evasion, amateurish and rank falsehood”. “His allegations against the Gujarat government for encouraging the 2002 riots not only show his ignorance but it’s also an attempt to indulge in rank falsehood. Gujarat did its best to prevent riots and the SIT-constituted by the SC after investigation found all the motivated allegations against Modi to be false and baseless, which has also been accepted by the court,” said senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal hit below the belt with his endorsement of an ‘offensive’ remark. Kejriwal retweeted the remark of music director Vishal Dadlani: “Stuck between a moron and a murderer.... what now, India!?” The reference was to Rahul and Modi.