New Delhi, Jan. 20: The late Rajiv Gandhi won praise from the BJP today, thanks to Rahul Gandhi.
“I am able to recall when Rajiv Gandhi had taken over his role, a greater role in his party, he had spoken very passionately about how the party should get out of the hold of power brokers. It was a very, very inspiring speech, no doubt,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She described Rahul’s speech — seen as “the Congress’s Obama moment” by some indefatigable loyalists —as that of an “Opposition leader”. “He (Rahul) certainly spoke like a leader of the Opposition rather than a person belonging to the ruling party,” Sitharaman said.
“Today, Rahul Gandhi has spoken with a great lot of idealism. I hope he is able to implement most of the things that he said within his own party first and prove it to the country that he is able to achieve it within his own party before he probably would ever become the PM, if at all, so good luck,” she added.
Shinde ‘terror’ row
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today accused the BJP and the RSS of conducting terror-training camps and promoting “Hindu terrorism”, triggering an angry reaction and a demand for an apology from Sonia Gandhi.