Will call Rahul Gandhi Rahul Lahori from now: Sambit Patra triggers new controversy after Shashi Tharoor’s comments on India’s COVID-19 situation to Pakistani national


BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has triggered a new controversy by calling Congress MP Rahul Gandhi ‘Rahul Lahori’ after Shashi Tharoor spoke about India’s COVID-19 situation during a conversation with a Pakistani national.

Patra tweeted, “From today, Rahul Gandhi becomes Rahul Lahori.” The reference to Lahori was to Tharoor’s comments as part of the Lahore Lit Fest.

Speaking about the worsening COVID-19 situation in India, Tharoor told his Pakistani interviewer, “Actually, it’s paradoxical that the government in India not doing well and people realise it’s not doing well in managing COVID. Polls suggest that it has not helped them political as it should.”

Tharoor said that his party and leader, Rahul Gandhi, had asked the government as early as February to take urgent steps to deal with the COVID situation.

Reacting to the development, Patra said, “Rahul Gandhi, tell us honestly. P Chidambaram is speaking for them (Pakistan), Shashi Tharoor is with them, Mani Shankar Aiyar is already with them, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is speaking for them, Salman Khurshid has been speaking already. Are you trying to contest elections from Pakistan?”

Patra said that he will address Rahul Gandhi as Rahul Lahori from now on.

However, Patra’s comments did not go down well with Twitterati who slammed him for invoking Pakistan ahead of Bihar polls.

Bihar goes to polls in three stages starting from this month with the results scheduled to be announced on 10 November.