Rahul Gandhi trying to 'rip' apart PM's image; won't succeed as people are with Modi: Union Minister Smriti Irani

Union Minister Smriti Irani alleged that Mr. Gandhi was trying to “rip” apart the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “But the Congress leader will not succeed as the people of the country are with the Prime Minister,” she asserted at a press conference.

Updated - March 28, 2023 01:37 pm IST

Published - March 28, 2023 11:35 am IST - New Delhi

Union Minister Smriti Irani. File

Union Minister Smriti Irani. File | Photo Credit: PTI

The BJP on March 28 launched a fresh attack on Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress leader's refusal to apologise to the OBC community for his "indecent" comments is yet another "manifestation" of the Gandhi family's political arrogance.

BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani alleged that Mr. Gandhi was trying to “rip” apart the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “But the Congress leader will not succeed as the people of the country are with the Prime Minister,” she asserted at a press conference.

"In an interview to a magazine in 2019, Mr. Gandhi in his own words had claimed that PM Modi's greatest strength is his image and that he would rip his image apart," Ms. Irani said.

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"The political psychosis of Rahul Gandhi is at full display. He abused and accused PM Modi in Parliament but could not verify his own statement by authenticating it with his own signature," she said.

“Such is the political frustration of Mr. Gandhi that a promise he made could not be fructified and hence, he continues with his tirade against Mr. Modi,” the BJP leader said.

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"So Rahul Gandhi your promise made to a magazine editor that you will rip Modi's image apart is a promise that shall remain unfulfilled because Narendra Modi's greatest strength is the people of India," Ms. Irani said.

Referring to his conviction and sentencing in a criminal defamation case, she said that "Rahul Gandhi could not develop the humility to beg for the forgiveness of the OBC community in our country is just another manifestation of a political arrogance called the Gandhi family".

Following his conviction and two-year sentencing in the case by a Surat court over his "Modi surname" remark on March 23, Mr. Gandhi was disqualified as a member of Lok Sabha.

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