Swaraj takes pot shots at Sonia, Rahul for campaign gaffes

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday took pot shots at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul for their "complete non-application of mind" during campaigning in Kerala and Tamil Nadu poll.

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011, 22:01 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday took pot shots at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son
Rahul for their "complete non-application of mind" during
campaigning in Kerala and Tamil Nadu poll and cited some
alleged gaffes to prove her point.

"Congress president in her speeches in Kerala sought votes
for the LDF (Left Democratic Front). Not once but twice. Some
people say even three times. And even after she came to know
this, she did not correct this mistake," Swaraj told a press
conference after wrapping up her campaign in Kerala, Tamil
Nadu and Puducherry.

"Maybe in her speech, there was a typographical mistake.
This is common. It could be a human error. But while speaking
she should know for which Front she is there, which Front she
is leading. If there was a mistake once, she could correct
herself the second time. Even after the speech, she could have
corrected herself. But it remained like that," Swaraj said.

"That means while speaking she (Sonia) does not apply
her mind at all. It was a demonstration of complete
non-application of mind," Swaraj charged.

"Similarly, when Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi
attacked the age of (Kerala Chief Minister) VS Achutanandan
he forgot that in Tamil Nadu he is supporting a person of
exactly the same age. There is no difference in the age of
Achutanandan and (Tamil Nadu CM) M Karunanidhi," Swaraj said.

She was referring to Rahul`s comments that if LDF is
voted back to power, Achuthanandan would be 93 when he
completes his next term.

"In Tamil Nadu the age of 87 is good but is bad in
Kerala. How can one age be right in one place and wrong in
another? But there was complete non-application of mind (by
Rahul) that what I am saying here will backfire in Tamil
Nadu," Swaraj said.

She also took a dig at Union minister V Narayansamy,
saying he had made comments in Puducherry which were "most
condemnable".

"Narayansamy, who is a minister in the PMO, said in a
women`s meeting that we are giving you everything free except
babies. We have demanded from the Congress president and Prime
Minister for action against him," Swaraj said.

Another reported statement from the minister that
Congress has given cell phones to women so that they fight
with their husbands and would give more cell phones so that
they can fight more also drew the ire of the BJP.

PTI