Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, a prominent member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and the leader of the INDIA alliance. Prasad accused Gandhi of becoming a “spokesperson of the Chinese establishment” and raised questions about the funding sources of his late father’s NGO. The comments come in the midst of political tensions surrounding the Galwan Valley incident and the ongoing debates within the opposition alliance.
Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned Rahul Gandhi’s stance on the Galwan Valley issue, where a violent clash occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers. Prasad expressed disbelief in Gandhi’s reluctance to accept the Indian Armed Forces’ account of the incident. He also alluded to suspicions about Chinese funding connections to certain individuals and organizations in India, including Rahul Gandhi.
Furthermore, Prasad referred to historical remarks made by Jawaharlal Nehru, Rahul Gandhi’s great-grandfather, during the Indo-China conflict in 1962. He quoted Nehru’s statement, “My heart goes out for Assam,” suggesting a lack of confidence in India’s security forces during that period.
Prasad warned that Rahul Gandhi’s actions could lead to India becoming “Congress Mukt” (free from Congress), implying that Gandhi’s alleged alignment with China and criticism of Indian patriots like Savarkar might weaken the Congress party’s standing.
Rahul Gandhi recently addressed the concerns of the people of Ladakh regarding Chinese encroachment on their land. However, he did not directly respond to Ravi Shankar Prasad’s accusations.
The INDIA alliance, which met for its third gathering, aims to unite opposition parties against the BJP in future elections. Rahul Gandhi, speaking after the alliance meeting, emphasized its significance as it represents 60% of India’s population. He expressed confidence that the alliance would be a formidable challenge to the BJP in the coming elections.
Four committees were formed during the alliance’s meeting, including the Coordination Committee and Election Strategy Committee, consisting of leaders from various opposition parties. The alliance’s key focus is on creating a united front to address issues concerning farmers, women, and development.
Ravi Shankar Prasad’s accusations against Rahul Gandhi have escalated political tensions, adding a new layer to the ongoing debate over the Galwan Valley incident and India’s opposition alliance. The upcoming special session of Parliament has further heightened speculation about the potential introduction of a ‘one nation, one election’ bill. As India’s political landscape continues to evolve, the nation awaits the outcomes of these critical developments.
Sources By Agencies