Speaking at the University of California, Berkley, event, Gandhi said, “There is a BJP machine,about 1000 guys sitting on computers and telling you about me. It’s a tremendous machine, all day they spread abuse about me and the operation is run by the gentleman who is running our country.”
Gandhi also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for damaging the Right to Information Act, something that the Congress government had passed to ensure transparency in the functioning of the government.
The BJP deployed at least half a dozen union ministers, several party spokespersons and various state-level functionaries to slam Gandhi for his alleged inculting remarks for India’s prime ministers on a foreign soil.
Notable among them were the BJP President, Amit Shah, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
She added, “The fact that Rahul Gandhi chose to belittle the prime minister is not a surprise but expected… It is an indication of his failed strategy. The people of the country where he leads a political party no longer support him so he is expressing his pain abroad.
Shah said that some politicians had begun to speak in the US because no one listens to them in India.
“Many leaders today find it suitable to run off to the US and give lectures. Nobody listens to them back home in India anyway,” said Mr Shah, who is in West Bengal on his second tour of the state this year.
Ravi Shankar Prasad dismissed Gandhi’s criticism of demonetisation suggesting that the Congress leader do his homework better.
“There is a tradition of our country that we don’t talk about domestic politics overseas. Despite being from a big family, Rahul Gandhi did not pay attention to this established tradition,” Prasad said.
If this wasn’t enough, popular BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra took to Twitter to to say this, “Astonishing that Congress VP, Rahul Gandhi goes to US and slams his own Country, India ..It’s frustration of Rahul speaking..Deplorable! (sic)”
Another BJP spokesperson, GVL Narasimha Rao, said that Rahul Gandhi was the BJP’s best bet for the BJP.
“The difference between the BJP and the Congress is that for 20 years Sonia Gandhi has been the party’s president… This is family soap opera for them.”
Several BJP spokespersons then appeared on the prime time TV debates discussing the fallout of Gandhi’s stunning attack against the prime minister in US.
An overwhelming number of political pundits felt that such a response by BJP to one speech by Gandhi smacked of its nervousness about the impact of what the Congress Vice President said in US.