New Delhi: First it was his comments on Babri Masjid and former prime minister Narasimha Rao that kicked off a storm in the heated battleground of Uttar Pradesh, and now Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has made another statement that is likely to generate much debate.
On his campaign tour in the poll-bound state, Rahul once again sought to remind voters of the 'great Gandhi contribution' in the formation of India’s polity.
“Once my family decides something, it doesn't go back. Whether it's about India's freedom, dividing Pakistan or taking India to the 21st century,” he said.
The Congress MP from Amethi was campaigning for party candidate Praveen Singh Aron contesting from Bareilly Cantt.
BJP was the first to react to the statement and said Rahul's statement shows his obsession with his family name.
"What Rahul Gandhi is saying is an exhibit of a monarchic mindset. He only thinks of family and thinks history has been written by Gandhis. In fact, he includes Mahatma Gandhi too in this. If they (Congress) take "credit" for Pakistan division then they should also take the blame of partioning India. They don't see country beyond family and are so involved in the game that all their office bearers become unimportant. Does that means Lal Bahadur Shastri and Narasimha Rao were nobodies? Talking about party is okay as it represents a heirarchy. Here's the talk is all about family," said BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.
The echoes of Rahul’s statements were also heard in Pakistan and journalists in that country told CNN-IBN that the comments may kick off a storm.
Rahul’s statement also makes clear that he is trying to drive home the point that Congress remains the political party of maximum significance in India.
However, political analysts see a larger goal behind these comments. They say the party is looking at the Lok Sabha elections that will happen two years from now.
In one of his earlier road show speeches, Rahul had claimed that had any Gandhi family member been in power during 1992, the Babri Masjid would not have been demolished.
The statement came under attack with political rivals saying this was a condemnation of Narasimha Rao and showed a ‘mindset’ that none outside the family could provide governance.