People aware of Rahul Gandhi's 'nautakni': BJP

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma made a veiled reference to the Italian origin of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

New Delhi: "People are aware of the nautanki (drama)" of Rahul Gandhi, BJP on Friday said, training its guns on the Congress vice president for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi who accused the Sonia Gandhi family of being behind disruptions in Parliament.

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma made a veiled reference to the Italian origin of Congress president Sonia Gandhi as he said that Rahul was not able to see the rise of India under Modi as he was wearing an "Italian" lens.

"Ever since the government of BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi has come to power at the Centre, the attitude of Congress and its allies have been one of intolerance towards the elected government of the country.

"How can one have any hope of development, justice and equality from people who do not desist from doing politics over the body of student who committed suicide?" Sharma said in a statement, an apparent reference to Congress taking up the issue of the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a dalit scholar in Hyderabad university.

Accusing Congress of being "neck deep in corruption", Sharma also referred to the National Herald case, alleging that both Sonia and Rahul are "on bail in a case of corruption worth Rs 5,000 crore".

Terming Rahul a "non-serious politician", Sharma said "it has become a habit of Congress to deprive the poor of their welfare by disrupting Parliament without any reason".

He dubbed Congress as "anti-development and anti-poor and claimed that while Congress "has only given problems to this country, Modi is resolving them".

The party's all-out attack on Rahul came soon after the latter said that Modi should start running the country as the job of the Prime Minister is not to make excuses.

Rahul was reacting to Modi blaming the Gandhi family for Parliament disruptions and the charge that they are taking revenge for Congress's defeat in Lok Sabha polls.

Rejecting Gandhi's remarks, Sharma alleged that all state governments of Congress have become "synonymous with corruption" and listed a number of steps taken during Modi government to claim a spurt in FDI, manufacturing and other fields of development.