Bangalore: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and AICC General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said here on Friday that the Congress should not accord importance to comments made by BJP leader Uma Bharati against Rahul Gandhi and instead focus on other issues like bringing the party back to power in Uttar Pradesh.
"I don`t think we have to accord importance to such
comments (made by Uma Bharati). There are other issues like
bringing back the national party like Congress to power in
UP," he told reporters on the sidelines of 16th NIMHANS
"In the last 20 to 22 years of regional parties` rule in
UP, the issue of development has taken a backseat," Azad said.
"Focus should be on bringing Congress back to power in UP
as it being a national party has a wider outlook than the
regional parties. National parties focus much (more) on
development issues," he reasoned.
Azad`s comments are in contrast to UP Congress President
Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who had said Uma Bharti`s barbs against
Rahul Gandhi were "not in good taste" and that the people of
UP would never accept an "imported leader".
Hitting back at Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for
his remarks that Bharti was contesting from UP though she was
from MP, Bharti said yesterday that the young leader should
remember that his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi
is from Italy and has been accepted in India.
"Sonia Gandhi came from Italy and has been accepted in
India. If Italy`s Sonia was accepted in India, I am only from
Madhya Pradesh. Rahul should remember the background of his
mother. Only then he should comment on his bua (aunt)," she
said taking a swipe at Rahul.
Asked about the future of Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi`s
future in the party, Azad said, "Why are you in a hurry. The
poor man is just out of the jail. Let us see... These are the
things to be seen in the future".
Kalmadi, an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam,
was released from Tihar jail on bail yesterday after spending
nine months in imprisonment.