Union Minister Anurag Thakur criticized Congress Leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday, saying it was out of “arrogance” that she compared the Gandhi family to Lord Ram’s dynasty.
While addressing a rally on Sunday to protest Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a member of the Lok Sabha, Priyanka Gandhi had criticized the BJP for labeling the Congress a “dynastic” party.
“They (BJP) accuse us of dynasticism, so what was Lord Ram? He was exiled but still fulfilled his responsibilities towards his family and homeland. Was this dynasticism? Did the Pandavas surrender to dynasticism?” had asked.
The senior BJP leader said there could be nothing more unfortunate than comparisons between Lord Ram and the Gandhi family.
“Hey Prabhu (Oh God). India just had to wait to see this day. A family that believes they are above India’s democracy, above Parliament, above the country. That family equates to Lord Ram” said the information and broadcasting minister.
“This brother and sister arrogance. The whole nation is watching. Let alone the country, now they don’t even forgive Lord Ram,” Thakur said as he answered questions from reporters outside Parliament about Priyanka Gandhi’s remarks in the rally.
Earlier attacking Rahul Gandhi, Thakur said that the leader of the Congress can never be Veer Savarkar even in his “wildest dreams” as it requires strong determination and love for country.
Thakur was responding to Rahul Gandhi’s repeated claims that Savarkar was an “apologist” for the British colonizers and would never express any regret for criticizing the BJP-led government.
“Dear Shri Gandhi, you can never be SAVARKAR even in your wildest dreams because being Savarkar requires strong determination, love for Bharat, selflessness and commitment,” the BJP leader said on Twitter on Sunday.
Rahul Gandhi will never be able to be Savarkar even close because the freedom fighter did not travel abroad for six months of the year or seek help from foreigners against his country, Thakur said.
“He went to Britain to launch a movement to free Mother India from the chains of slavery,” the Information and Broadcasting minister said, adding that it is time to “expose the master lier Rahul Gandhi for his incessant nonsense against Veer Savarkar ji”. .
Thakur also posted on Twitter a letter written by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Savarkar’s birth.
“Veer Savarkar’s daring defiance of British rule has its own important place in the annals of our freedom movement. I wish success to plans to celebrate the centenary of the birth of this remarkable son of India,” Indira Gandhi had written in your letter dated May. 20, 1980.
Thakur said the central government had released a documentary about Savarkar during Indira Gandhi’s tenure as prime minister to “recognize her courage, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation.”
The minister also shared excerpts from “Bhagat Singh’s Jail Notebook” in which the revolutionary freedom fighter had taken notes from books written by Savarkar.
Even the Congress at its Kakinada session in 1923 passed resolutions supporting Savarkar, the BJP leader said. He said that Indira Gandhi had even issued a postage stamp to recognize Savarkar’s contribution to the freedom movement.
“Imagine, a person whose grandmother had honored the great personality Veer Savarkar and none of the great men of that time have spoken ill of him. By saying all these things, Rahul Gandhi is not insulting Savarkar but his grandmother, Netaji Bose , Bhagat Singh. and even (Mahatma) Gandhiji,” Thakur said.