New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has trained its guns on Rahul Gandhi yet again. This time over his tribal rally in Orissa’s Niyamgiri hills.
The BJP wants to know why was the Congress general secretary sharing the dais with Naxalite supporters.
Rahul had gone to Niyamgiri to pledge his support for the tribals and had congratulated them for their recent victory over mining company Vedanta.
The Opposition’s attack comes close on the heels of its campaign against railway minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Trinamool Congress chief was criticised by the Left and the Right for sharing a dais with Naxalites at the rally in the red bastion of Lalgarh.
“The government is divided when a minister is taking the side of Naxalites and when their crown prince is sharing the dais with Naxalites. This is totally unacceptable and the home minister must come clean and make a statement,” said Prakash Javadekar, BJP’s spokesperson.
The Congress has hit back at the BJP but is silent on the issue of Rahul being on the same stage as Maoists.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari skirted the issue of Rahul sharing the stage with Maoists.
“Rahul had gone to Niyamgiri to hear and take up the cause of indigenous people. His visit was aimed at sending a message to the tribals in India that their concerns are not unseen and unheard in the echelons of power,” he said.