In response to India's crushing defeat against Australia in the ODI World Cup final, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Jairam Ramesh have stirred controversy by taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The former Congress president accused PM Modi of being a "panauti" (bad omen) that led to the team's loss.
Rahul Gandhi, addressing the media in Hindi, accused the Prime Minister of attempting to divert attention from critical issues by engaging in discussions around "Hindu-Muslim" matters and attending cricket matches.
So now Rahul refers to PM @narendramodi ji as "Panauti" 🤬🤮— Rajeev Chandrasekhar 🇮🇳 (@Rajeev_GoI) November 21, 2023
Theres more than irony or hypocrisy at work here - that a 55yr old who has never worked a day in his life, whose family has exploited country like Parasites for decades wth their corruption and whose govt destroyed… https://t.co/g9co37Dosv
He claimed that the presence of the Prime Minister was a jinx, stating, "Our boys would have won the World Cup, but the panauti lost us the match." The remarks were met with a mixed reaction from the crowd, with someone even shouting 'panauti' in response.
BJP condemns Rahul Gandhi's comments
In a swift response, senior BJP leader and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad strongly criticized Rahul Gandhi's remarks, deeming them "shameful, condemnable, and disgraceful."
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekar joined in, asserting that Gandhi's comments were signs of desperation and mental instability. Chandrashekar took to social media, highlighting Rahul Gandhi's lack of professional experience and accusing his family of exploiting the country.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not hold back in their response, demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi for his choice of words against the Prime Minister.
Ravi Shankar Prasad reminded Gandhi of his mother Sonia Gandhi's controversial use of the term 'Maut ka saudagar' (dealer of deaths) in the past. Prasad urged Rahul Gandhi to reflect on his language and decorum, emphasizing that winning or losing is an inherent part of the game.