Bantwal: A controversy erupted on Friday after a video purportedly showing Congress President Rahul Gandhi “disrespecting” national song ‘Vande Mataram’ at a public rally here surfaced and went viral.

The BJP slammed Gandhi, saying he does not have respect for the national song, a charge dismissed by the Congress as “absolutely false.”

“He (Gandhi) does not have respect for national song. What can we expect from him,” tweeted BJP on its handle, after a local TV channel showed a brief video clip of the purported incident even as Congress dubbed it as a “fake video”.

The video showed Gandhi sitting on the dias with senior Congress leaders, including Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and pointing to his watch gesturing something to AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka affairs K C Venugopal, apparently to wrap up quickly.

A person is then heard telling the singer to “just sing a line  and finish it off.” As the singer began singing “vande mataram”, Venugopal is seen nudging Gandhi to stand up.

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