After Rahul Gandhi’s ‘North vs South’ remark in Kerala; BJP accuses him of ‘dividing India’

“There is only one reason BJP is going slow in these cases. You can figure out what that reason is,” he added.

Neha Singh Written by February 24, 2021 10:23
Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Senior BJP leaders, including party chief JP Nadda and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, lashed out at Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday night, accusing the Congress MP of disrespecting north Indians, and seeking to “divide and rule”, during an election rally in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.

This comes after Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the Centre over job creation in the country. He saying that over the last six years during the Modi government’s regime, the backbone of the country has been smashed into pieces.

“Over the last 6 years, job creation backbone of this country has been broken, smashed into pieces. Who are the people who give India jobs? Small businesses, middle-sized businesses, shopkeepers, farmers – these are people that give this great country, jobs,” Rahul Gandhi said in Trivandrum, news agency ANI quoted.

The Wayand MP also said that Kerala was a refreshing experience for him after 15 years as an MP in the north.

“I was talking to some students in the US and I said that I really enjoy going to Kerala. It’s not just affection but the way you do your politics. If I might say so, the intelligence with which you do your politics. So, for me, it’s been a learning experience and pleasure,” Gandhi said.

He added, “For the first 15 years, I was an MP in the north. I had got used to a different type of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was very refreshing as suddenly I found that people are interested in issues and not just superficially but going into detail in issues.”

Rahul Gandhi also attacked the Left government and central agencies such as CBI and ED, questioning why cases against a worker in the CMO are progressing slowly.

“There’s one thing I don’t understand. Why is it that cases against the Left government, against a person who works in the CMO progressing so slowly? Why is it taking so long? Why is CBI, ED not attacking the Left government? When you fight the BJP, the BJP attacks all the time,” he said.

“There is only one reason BJP is going slow in these cases. You can figure out what that reason is,” he added.

The North Remembers: BJP attacks Rahul’s remark, claims he has ‘divisive mentality’

After Rahul Gandhi’s attack, BJP president JP Nadda tweeted, “A few days back he was in the Northeast, spewing venom against the western part of India. Today in the South he is spewing venom against the North. Divide and rule politics won’t work, @RahulGandhi Ji! People have rejected this politics. See what happened in Gujarat today!”

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Couhan also said, “Not Rahul, it’s his divisive mentality that is speaking. It is the same Congress that divided the country into India and Pakistan on the basis of religion. Do they now want to divide it into North and South? People will not let such efforts succeed.”

Anurag Thakur, MoS Finance & Corporate Affairs, also joined other BJP leaders to slam Gandhi. “Your complacency and lack of commitment to your constituency is the reason you were chased out. Please stop being so confused. The North remembers. India is one,” he said.

Why cases against a worker in the CMO are progressing slowly?: Rahul Gandhi


Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also tweeted, mocking Mr Gandhi for claiming to welcome issue-based politics after failing to understand the “pulse of your family’s pocket-borough (Amethi)”.

“So, Rahulji thinks that people in the north are not interested in issue-based politics? They were not interested in your empty promises, Rahulji. You couldn’t understand the pulse of the people from your family’s pocket-borough even after representing it for 15 years,” he tweeted.

“Like Amethi was awash with saffron when the people realised your bluff, a day will come soon enough when even people in Kerala will make you run away,” he added.


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