Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda to sack Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his controversial remarks on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Addressing a public event yesterday, Mr Rao said, “PM Modi ji, is this the ‘sanskaar’ (etiquettes) or our Hindu ritual to question an MP about the identity of his father. This was done by your BJP Chief Minister. My head hangs in shame and my eyes are in tears after I heard this. This is not a good thing for the country.”
“How can the Chief Minister of Assam talk like this? There is a limit to holding on to patience,” he added.
Mr Rao’s remarks came after Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched a blistering attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for demanding proof of India’s surgical strike in Pakistan in 2016 and airstrike in 2019, and asked whether the BJP had ever demanded proof of him being the ” son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi”. He added that the Wayanad MP had no right to demand proof from the Army.
Addressing a public meeting, Mr Sarma said, “Look at the mentality of these people. General Bipin Rawat was the pride of the country. India conducted the surgical strike in Pakistan under his leadership. Rahul Gandhi demanded proof of the strike. Did we ever ask you for proof of whether you are Rajiv Gandhi’s son or not?
“If our Army said that they conducted the strike in Pakistan, that means they have done it. Where is the dispute in this? Do you not trust General Bipin Rawat? If he said that the Army conducted the strike, that means it’s done. Why do you want proof of it? Do not disrespect the soldiers. People die for the country. People do not live for others but for the country,” Mr Sarma said while addressing a public meeting in the poll-bound state of Uttarakhand.