New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday suggested that Rahul Gandhi does not have the required experience to become Prime Minister of the country provoking a snub from Congress, which questioned why the Opposition party had staked claim to form government in the past without any prior experience.
"The experience of having young inexperienced leaders as Chief Ministers or Prime Minister has not been good. Be it in case of Omar Abdullah in Jammu and Kashmir, Akhilesh Yadav in UP or late Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister.
"Several terror organizations became strong across the country during the Prime Ministersip of Rajiv Gandhi," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters when asked on the possibility of the projection of Rahul Gandhi as Congress` PM candidate.
Slamming BJP, Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said that if it was true about an individual, it can be the same for a party as well.
"If that was the case, what experience the BJP had when it came to power. When the opportunity had come to their party, they should not have formed the government because they did not have the experience of running a government," Afzal said.
Quoting elaborately from Rahul Gandhi`s rally in Salumber, he said that the Congress vice president heard the people and did not teach them ABCD like Narendra Modi did in Jaipur yesterday.
Launching the BJP campaign in poll-bound Rajasthan, Modi had said yesterday," "A for Adarsh Ghotala, B for Bofors Ghotala, C for Coal ghotala, D for Damad ka ghotala (corruption)..This is the new ABCD..Which the Congress adopted to introduce a new book of alphabets for children."
Making a veiled attack on Modi, Gandhi today said Congress would not resort to abuse of its rivals notwithstanding any amount of provocation.
At the AICC briefing, Afzal also referrfed to the "positive politics" pitch of Gandhi in this context.