Sambit Patra mentioned Rahul Gandhi is already a “hero” in China and Pakistan. (File)

New Delhi:

The BJP attacked the Congress occasion after MP Shashi Tharoor’s remarks at a Lahore occasion, accusing him of “demeaning and discrediting” India.

Hitting again, the Congress mentioned the BJP has at all times responded to substance and information with “jumlebaazi” (rhetoric).

The BJP attacked Mr Tharoor after he posted a hyperlink to the feedback made on-line at Lahore Suppose Fest, which his workplace mentioned was held final month, through which he criticised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities’s dealing with of the coronavirus and likewise spoke of alleged “bigotry and prejudice” in opposition to Muslims through the pandemic.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra mentioned it was “unbelievable” {that a} senior Congress chief and an MP like Mr Tharoor could make such feedback in opposition to India at a Pakistani discussion board. “He has demeaned India and projected the nation in dim mild,” Mr Patra mentioned.

Referring to Mr Tharoor’s remarks that Rahul Gandhi had warned concerning the severity of the COVID-19 as early as in February and that he ought to be getting credit score for it, Mr Patra mentioned that the Kerala MP was an in depth good friend of the previous Congress president and requested if Mr Gandhi needed to get credit score in Pakistan and contest polls there.

He’s already a “hero” in China and Pakistan, Mr Patra alleged.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi mentioned such reactions from the ruling occasion “ridicule” the controversy and “diminish us as a democracy”.

“The BJP has at all times responded to substance and pointed information with ‘jumlebaazi‘. The BJP has at all times believed in rhetoric, not substance. Sure, it does typically catch you by the eyeballs or the earbuds whenever you hear it, however, inside seconds, logic takes over and tells you the way empty a rhetoric the BJP is indulging in,” he mentioned.

If anyone is praising a specific achievement or pointing to a specific space of exercise “through which you might be laggard in India, and asking such an individual to face for elections from Pakistan is to ridicule the controversy and diminish us as a democracy”, he mentioned.

“All that’s being achieved is to level out that you’re far stronger, far larger, way more succesful nation, and but you shouldn’t be lagging behind on this parameter,” the Congress spokesperson added.

Mr Patra mentioned the federal government had imposed a well timed lockdown and famous that India has a excessive restoration price and a really low mortality price on this planet, as he lauded its dealing with of the pandemic.

He additionally referred to Mr Tharoor’s feedback about residents of Northeast area at instances dealing with issues elsewhere within the nation to focus on the Congress. “What was the necessity to focus on such issues at a Pakistani discussion board? There isn’t any nation on this world as democratic and simply as India,” he mentioned.

Mr Patra referred to numerous remarks made by Congress leaders prior to now that allegedly focused the PM Modi authorities at occasions in Pakistan and requested if the opposition occasion members have ever requested Pakistan at its discussion board about its “bigotry and violence” in opposition to minorities in that nation.

In a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, Mr Patra mentioned he and the BJP will now name him “Rahul Lahori”.

Mr Singhvi cited the latest debate about the opportunity of Bangladesh taking up India when it comes to per capita GDP and requested if the fitting response to it’s that he ought to stand for elections from Dhaka and never be within the Indian Parliament.

“These responses might need short-lived, few seconds of utility however they really present the hollowness of your mental capacity to deal in areas the place you’re a full failure,” he mentioned, focusing on the BJP.

On the occasion, Mr Tharoor was requested by a Pakistani journalist as to how the political fortune of the Indian authorities was impacted by the rising Covid numbers.

He mentioned it was paradoxical as the federal government was “not doing properly” in coping with the pandemic and other people realise that, however polls recommend that it has not harm the BJP politically because it ought to.

“So we within the opposition do level out, for instance, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had talked about as early as February that COVID-19 needed to be taken extra severely than the federal government was taking it and preventive measures wanted to be put in place instantly in any other case we might face each a well being catastrophe and an financial disaster if this was allowed to run unchecked. So he must be getting credit score for having signalled this early on…,” Mr Tharoor had mentioned.

He additionally mentioned there was a distinction between the best way the coronavirus numbers have labored out within the two international locations, India and Pakistan, however the destiny of the management has not gone in the identical contrasting means.

“Each appear to be doing fairly properly within the public eye, which, to a few of us within the opposition in India, continues to be a little bit of a thriller, however we do not focus on that exterior India. We struggle our battles at dwelling,” he mentioned.