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Congress thinks Rahul Gandhi a `Super VIP`: BJP

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:57

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A day after the Congress sought to differentiate Rahul Gandhi`s visit to flood-hit Uttarakhand from that of Narendra Modi, the BJP on Wednesday continued to hit out at the party led by Sonia Gandhi.

BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged that the Congress vice president went to Uttarakhand for a "photo-op", not to provide relief or help to people in the rain-battered state.

Congress thinks Rahul Gandhi is a `Super VIP`, added Naqvi.

Notably, Rahul Gandhi`s trip to Uttarakhand comes as Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that VVIP visits are impeding rescue operations.

On Tuesday, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh had said: "He (Rahul) is not going for photo-ops. He is not sort of claiming like Modi that he rescued many people there."

Criticising Modi for his visit to the flood-hit state, Singh also said he should not "lie" he has saved 15,000 people.

"It is strange that the Army, the Air Force, paratroopers are all engaged in rescue operations day and night and this man (Modi) comes in and claims he has rescued 15,000 people. Don`t lie so much Mr Modi, the people aren`t that stupid."
Congress leaders and Union ministers have ridiculed Modi`s visit to Uttarakhand and a report that claims he had helped in evacuating 15,000 Gujaratis in two stays, with the party also saying he was trying to be a "Rambo" and was making the trip for "photo-ops".

But BJP president Rajnath Singh hit back at Congress for attacking Modi`s rescue efforts and said no politics should be played on such a sensitive issue.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:57
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