In a frontal attack on Congress, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar while addressing a rally in Nissing, Karnal, on Sunday said that Congress cannot think beyond the ‘family’.
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) October 13, 2019
Taking a dig at the Gandhi family, CM Khattar said, “After the 2019 general elections defeat, Rahul Gandhi resigned as party president and called to get a non-Gandhi as the party president. We were happy that finally the party is moving away from nepotism. They went around the country to find a new party president but then after three months made Sonia Gandhi the party president. Khoda pahad aur nikli chuiya, aur woh bhi mari hui (you dig a mountain and find a rat, that too a dead one),” Khattar said.
This statement of Haryana CM ML Khattar has Congress hopping mad. All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev called it shameful and said that BJP is a party full of ‘rabid misogynists’.
— Sushmita Dev (@sushmitadevinc) October 13, 2019
Congress leader Ruchira Chaturvedi called Khattar’s statement a tactic divert attention.
This is BJP’s real face. They resort to personal attacks because they have NO vision, haven’t done anything for the people & just want to divert attention. No low is too low for them. To think Beti Bachao campaign was launched from a State headed by this man…!#BJPInsultsWomen https://t.co/tBCz2dZFnY
— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) October 13, 2019
Mahila Congress through its official account also chimed in.
एक महिला के प्रति ऐसी घटिया टिप्पणी ही भाजपा की विचारधारा है।
जिस पार्टी के नेताओं पर आये दिन रेप जैसे जघन्य अपराध लगते हैं और पूरी मशीनरी उन नेताओं को बचाने में लग जाती है, उनसे भाषाई शिष्टाचार की उम्मीद रखना ही बेकार है https://t.co/wkqkLpDoaT
— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) October 13, 2019
Former AAP MLA and new recruit in Congress, Alka Lamba referred to Khattar’s statement as ‘neech soch‘ on women.
संघी मानसिकता का कोई आदमी ही महिलाओं के प्रति ऐसी घटिया सोच रख सकता है…
BJP नेताओं की बौखलाहट का ही नतीज़ा है कि कभी किसी को गला काट देने की सरेआम धमकी देते हैं और अब महिला के प्रति नीच सोच,@mlkhattar होश में आओ,सत्ता का नशा सर छड़ कर बोल रहा है.#HaryanaAssemblyPolls https://t.co/r1M4K501Vw
— Alka Lamba – अलका लाम्बा?? (@LambaAlka) October 13, 2019
Khattar, when he said ‘khoda pahad, nikli chuhiya’, was using a very popular idiom which means that despite all the strong buildup for something, the outcome was very disappointing. In August this year, after months-long drama, despite Rahul Gandhi’s insistence that Congress President should be a younger leader, eventually his 72-year-old mother was made the party president.
The last time she became Congress president, the then Congress chief Sitaram Kesri was reportedly locked up in a bathroom in Congress headquarters at Akbar Road so he could not stop Sonia Gandhi from entering the office with her supporters to take over as the party president.
This is not the first time Khattar has attacked Sonia Gandhi. Last week, while addressing a rally in Jhajjar in Haryana had accused Congress of sympathising with terrorists and that Sonia had shed tears for militants. Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid had said that following the Batla House encounter where Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed, upon seeing the pictures Sonia Gandhi had cried ‘bitterly’.
Haryana state will go for assembly polls on 21st October along with Maharashtra. The results will be declared on 24th October.