Pointing out that Tharoor’s critique of Swaraj’s speech came on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the BJP leader said: “Rahul Gandhi’s Congress cannot claim to be Mahatma Gandhi’s Congress…it has lost its right to call itself Indian National Congress.” (Express Photo)
TAKING STRONG exception to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s criticism of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s UN General Assembly (UNGA) speech, saying that the scathing attack on Pakistan was aimed at sending out a message to the ruling party’s voters in India, the BJP on Monday said the Congress has lost its right to call itself the Indian National Congress or Mahatma Gandhi’s Congress.
BJP national spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi accused the Congress and its leaders of “speaking in the same language as that of Pakistan”. Alleging that Tharoor had violated the norm that the country’s stand at the UN is not criticised domestically, Trivedi said, “How is it the Congress and its leaders always speak in the same lines as that of Pakistan? The party should clarify.”
He said a speech at UNGA is considered to be “India’s views” and it is not opposed inside the country. “Like Pakistan criticises India’s statement, Tharoor also attacked it…. Tharoor should not only apologise to the government but to the nation,” he said.
In Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, Tharoor had said, according to PTI, “Some of t...