The Congress today slammed Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri for his remarks targeting Rahul Gandhi and said that the new entrants in the BJP make outrageous statements to strengthen their new loyalties and such comments “reveal their own character”. Hardeep Singh Puri joined the BJP in January 2014.
Criticising Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on VD Savarkar, Puri told reporters: “The other day he said I will not apologise because I am not Savarkar. Do you know the contribution of people like Savarkar ji?…You are getting, as I said, getting an **s to run a horse race.”
Congress leaders soon shot back over the comment.
“New entrants to the BJP, especially those who become cabinet ministers, often make outrageous statements to strengthen their new loyalties. Such statements reveal their own character,” Congress’s general secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted.Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate also slammed Puri for his remarks.’
“The one appointment that Mr Modi got right – was making the gasbag Hardeep Puri Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. Meanwhile, congratulations Mr Hardeep Puri — Rs 2 credited into your account for the day!”
Congress’ media department head Pawan Khera asked Puri to look inwards.
Asked about the agitation by the Congress and its observance of ‘black day’ today, Puri said, “They really deserve to do some serious introspection.”
“You know the lines of propriety, what is acceptable in their political system, the legal system. He (Gandhi) has been convicted by a court. Then, there are automatic procedures,” he said.
“And then to bring in this kind of melodramatics? I mean people of India will judge them for what they are,” the minister added.