Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj on Saturday slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi after the latter said that PM Narendra Modi doesn't know the meaning of being a Hindu.
Swaraj accused both Rahul and the Congress party of being confused about his religion as well as caste. Directing a jibe at both the party and Rahul, Swaraj said that for years, the grand old party presented him as a secular leader but as the polls drew near they realised that Hindus are in majority and so they created this image.
"Rahul Gandhi said PM Narendra Modi doesn't know the meaning of being a Hindu. He said that because he and Congress are confused about his religion and caste. For years, the party presented him as a secular leader but near polls when they realised that Hindus are in majority, they created this image," said Swaraj.
The senior BJP leader also took a dig towards Congress leader P Chidambaram. Swaraj said that during the tenure of the Congress, India’s average GDP growth during was 6.7 per cent. However, during the BJP rule in the last three years it was 7.3 per cent and in 2018, it is 7.6 per cent.
"I'd like to remind P Chidambaram that in UPA’s tenure International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank listed Indian economy in the fragile 5. It was listed as one the economies that were on a decline. Today these two organisations themselves call India the fastest growing economy.
Speaking on her earlier announcement of not contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP leader, "My health is good. But I am constantly taking precautions. Doctors have asked me to stay safe from infection, and also to avoid dust. I have to save myself from dust. No matter how much I try, I can't avoid dust during elections. Wherever I've gone for election campaigns, I've said the event should be in closed doors. Avoiding dust is a limitation of my health. And therefore, I said I won't fight next Lok Sabha elections. But I never said I will retire from politics."