Clarifying the discussion over ‘Congress being a Muslim party’, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tweeted from his twitter account that Congress is a party of all religions and all living beings are equal to them.
Replying to the ‘Muslim party row’, Rahul tweeted, “I stand with the last person in the line. The exploited, marginalised and the persecuted. Their religion, caste or beliefs matter little to me. I seek out those in pain and embrace them. I erase hatred and fear. I love all living beings. I am the Congress”.
The BJP and the Congress have been sparring after the Urdu daily reported that Gandhi, who met Muslim intellectuals earlier last week, had told them that the Congress was a party for Muslims.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while delivering a speech in Azamgarh over the weekend, also raised the issue, saying, “I read in the newspaper that the Congress president had said that Congress is a party of Muslims, and there has been discussion on this for the past two days.” “I am not surprised as when Manmohan Singh was PM, he had said that Muslims have the first right over natural resources,” he had said.
The row of Congress being a Muslim party started when an Urdu newspaper Inquilab quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that Congress is a Muslim party. The Congress chief has been facing flak for a statement “Yes, Congress is a Muslim party,” which he reportedly made at a meeting with Muslim intellectuals and activists on July 11.
Inquilab newspaper’s editor Shakeel Shamsi on Sunday also clarified that the news was wrongly translated by another Urdu journalist Shahid Sidiqui. According to Shamsi, Rahul Gandhi told a group of Muslim intellectuals that Congress has always supported the weaker section and it stands by the Muslims who are weak and poor. The matter was later sensationalised when journalist Shahid Sidiqui mentioned that Rahul Gandhi said that Congress is a party of Muslims.
Earlier, the Congress dismissed a media report which quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that it was a party of Muslims, and asserted that it was a party of 132 crore Indians. “This is absolute lies and shameful spin by the newspaper. The BJP using it to further its own agenda, yet again, exposes their desperate tactics to mislead the nation. However this will not deter us to fight for India’s founding principles& its democratic values,” Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi had tweeted.