Fresh war of words: Rahul says deep state eating India, BJP hits back | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Proclaiming respect for regional parties, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said his party does not want to be the “big daddy” and will carry out a joint fight against BJP. He said his remark at the Udaipur ‘Chintan Shivir’ that “regional parties cannot fight the ideological battle against BJP, and only Congress can do so”, has been misinterpreted.
The BJP accused the former Congress chief of harming India in his “hate” against PM Modi and alleged that his frequent critical remarks about the country from foreign soils amounted to “betrayal”.
Speaking at an interactive session at the “Ideas for India” conference in London, Rahul alleged that the BJP government and “deep state” in India is attacking and capturing institutions in the country. “So, the deep state, the CBI, ED, is now chewing the Indian state and eating it, much like in Pakistan,” he said.
Gandhi also criticised the Indian Foreign Service. “I was talking to some bureaucrats from Europe. They were saying the Indian foreign service has completely changed, they do not listen to anything. They are arrogant… There is no conversation,” he said.
He said, “We have to coordinate with our friends in the opposition. I don’t view Congress as the ‘Big Daddy’. It is a group effort… But it is a fight to regain India.”
In a sharp riposte to Rahul’s comments quoting unnamed European bureaucrats that the Indian Foreign Service has completely changed and become “arrogant”, external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said the change in the service was only a reflection of confidence as it defended national interest.
Rahul’s clarification followed a backlash from regional parties to his Udaipur comment made to a packed house of Congress leaders, during which he claimed that regional parties don’t have an ideology. RJD, JMM among others had called his remarks bizarre, as they argued that each of them has confronted BJP for years.
Rahul said, “The point I made in Udaipur… is that this is a national ideological battle, which means that of course we respect the DMK as a Tamil political organisation, but Congress is the party that has the ideology at the national level.”
Jaishankar, Rijiju hit back at Rahul
A day after Rahul’s remark at the ‘Ideas for India’ conference in London, Jaishankar tweeted: “Yes, the Indian Foreign Service has changed. Yes, they follow the orders of the Government. Yes, they counter the arguments of others. ‘No, it’s not called Arrogance. It is called Confidence. And it is called defending National Interest (sic)”.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju dug out a tweet in which one Aryan D’Rozario claimed his great grandfather who was with the government in the 60s had recommended Trinity College, Cambridge, for Rajiv Gandhi. He also shared a letter written by Triloki Nath Kaul. “Dr Rozario may kindly advise urgently as to which would be the best course to follow in the circumstances and which college would be best for Rajiv to study at Cambridge,” Kaul wrote .
Rijiju shared the screenshot of the tweet saying, “Since someone is attacking India on foreign soil and lamenting the independence of our foreign service, the tweets show classic Congress style functioning — diplomats were busy fixing colleges for grandkids of Pandit Nehru. Congress should be ashamed.” Responding to Rahul’s ‘kerosene’ comment, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhati said it is Congress that has been carrying kerosene oil to incite violence since the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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