Congress 'defaming' India: Union Minister Naqvi hits back at Rahul Gandhi
The BJP leader and Minority Affairs Minister's comments come a day after former Congress president Rahul Gandhi – in conversation with the former American diplomat – had said that tolerance has “disappeared” in India and the US.
Accusing the Congress of "defaming" the country, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the opposition party remains "fixed in a feudal family photo frame". The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said that the Opposition is unable to realise that India's DNA is full of tolerance and harmony.
Naqvi’s comments come a day after former Congress president Rahul Gandhi – in conversation with the former American diplomat – had said that tolerance has “disappeared” in India and the US.
On Saturday, the Minority Affairs Minister took a swipe at Gandhi. He said that "ill-informed" leaders of the opposition party should know that the credo that "all living beings be happy" is India's legacy and cultural commitment.
"Fixed in a feudal family photo frame, the Congress is unable to see India's DNA which is full of tolerance and harmony," Naqvi said, adding India doesn't need any certificate of "DNA test" from a "prejudiced laboratory of political hypocrisy".
India's cultural commitment to tolerance and harmony has united such a large country with the thread of unity in diversity, he said.
Naqvi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the "biggest victim" of intolerance by the "bogus bashing brigade" for more than a decade.
The BJP leader accused the Congress and its leaders of creating "political pollution" even during a pandemic.
Due to its political bankruptcy, the Congress has been involved in defaming the country even in these hours of crisis, he said.
The Congress raised questions when terrorists were eliminated, it created a ruckus on the surgical strike, it created confusion on the coronavirus pandemic and now it is conspiring to portray India as intolerant, Naqvi alleged.