Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out all guns blazing against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his 'PM beating drum in Japan' comment.
BJP president Amit Shah, who was in Maharashtra to galvanise the state cadre took a dig at Rahul and said, “Digvijay Singhji said Congress lost because Rahul Gandhi was silent. It's good he was silent else Congress wouldn't have won even 44 Lok Sabha seats.”
Congress leader Digvijay Singh had in a recent interview admitted that Rahul Gandhi should have spoken more and his silence on critical issues had contributed to their loss in the “war of perception”.
Shah's comments comes after the Congress vice president today took a jibe at PM Modi saying that at a time when people in India are suffering from electricity problems and soaring prices PM was beating drums in Japan.
Rahul made the scathing remarks while interacting with the media in Amethi.
He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made tall promises in the run-up to the general elections but there was no action on the ground after it came to power.
The Gandhi family scion criticised the Modi government over electricity woes and corruption and accused that the Centre had done nothing to address the problems in its 100 days of governance.
Rahul's statements evoked sharp reactions from BJP leaders. Party leader and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Why should we listen to him (Rahul) when his own party members are not listening to him.”
Another BJP leader and party spokesperson Nalin Kohli said: "The Prime Minister enthrals audiences in Japan but Rahul Gandhi and Congress have lost their rhythm."
Two days ago, Rahul Gandhi's mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi - during a tour of her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli - had launched a similar attack on Modi, accusing him of failing to fulfill promises made to the people.
Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak reacted strongly to Rahul Gandhi's remarks. He said that the 'yuvraj' had lost control over his own party and whatever he was saying was both "untrue and irrelevant".