When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday was in poll-bound Gujarat on the second day of his three-day visit to the home state of the PM and BJP chief he persisted with his demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarify if he was a “partner” in the “theft”, referring to the business dealings of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah’s son Jay.
The controversy had erupted after a website, The Wire, on Sunday published a report that claimed the turnover of a firm owned by Jay had increased by 16,000 times after the BJP came to power at the Centre and his father was made the party chief. On Monday, Jay filed a criminal defamation case at a court in Ahmedabad against The Wire.
Gandhi said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh did not give any importance to women. “How many women are there in the RSS? Have you ever seen any woman in shakhas wearing shorts?" he ask. “In the Congress you will see women at every level in the organisation.”
Meanwhile, Shah headed to Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat Amethi in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to launch an attack on Rahul. Shah, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Smriti Irani held a public rally in Amethi. The BJP chief said Gandhi had left his Amethi constituency in “crisis” and was visiting Gujarat ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.
In Amethi, Irani criticised Rahul for his “indecent” remarks. “If Rahulji believes that wearing shorts in India is the sign of empowerment, as a woman, I want to contradict it.” Irani said the Congress vice-president has insulted members of the women’s wing of the RSS.
“Today, an indecent comment has been made on our sisters connected with the Sangh, the Rashtriya Sevika Sangh or the sisters, wives and sisters-in-law of ordinary Sangh workers,” she added.
Rahul during his Gujarat road shows and public meetings muster enthusiasts youths becomes worrisome factor for BJP observes political analysts.