Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that he never took BJP President Amit Shah seriously. Responding to Shah’s recent comments likening opposition parties to cats, dogs and snakes, Gandhi said Shah’s comments smacked of utter disrespect for not just Dalits, tribals and minorities, but also his own party leaders.
He told reporters in Kolar Gold Fields, “Calling the entire opposition animals…see according to Amit Shah and the basic vision of the BJP and RSS – there are only two non-animals in this country. There is Mr Narendra Modi and there is Mr Amit Shah… Everybody else as far as they are concerned are animals. That’s fine, that is the way they look at the world. It is a disrespectful statement, but we don’t take what Mr Amit Shah says with too much seriousness.”
“It’s not only dalits, it’s tribals, it’s minorities. It doesn’t stop there. It’s Mr (LK) Advani, Mr Manohar (Murali Manohar) Joshi, even Mr (Nitin) Gadkari, it’s everybody..The thing is that the BJP people internally don’t have guts to say it to you. They say it to us,” Gandhi was quoted by PTI.
Shah on Friday had launched a tirade against the opposition parties comparing them to cats, dogs and snakes, who were trying to join hands against the saffron party’s surge.
Addressing a rally in Mumbai, Shah said, “There is a campaign that all Opposition should unite. Whenever there is a massive flood, all snakes, mongooses, cats, dogs and even cheetahs and lions climb up a huge tree as they fear rising water levels.”
His comments evoked angry reactions from the Congress, which said that the language used by Shah was indicative of admission of defeat even before the battle has started.’ The party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, told ANI, “In our culture, a man & his character are known by the phraseology he depicts & states, manner in which Amit Shah used abusive language, calling entire opposition animals and names, reflects that it is language of a leader who’s lost the battle even before it started.”
He was also mocked on social media, where users attacked him for likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral successes to natural disaster.
Karnataka, currently governed by the Congress, goes to crucial assembly polls on 12 May. The counting will take place on 15 May.