BJP’s Nirmala Sitharaman Attacks Rahul Gandhi’s Meet With Muslim Leaders

The Congress wants to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on religious lines, senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said in a broadside at Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday, for what she called, was a concerted campaign to divide people on communal lines.

Citing a report in a vernacular newspaper on Mr Gandhi’s recent interaction with Muslim intellectuals, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Mr Gandhi had been reported to have said at this meeting that the Congress was a Muslim party.

“You can’t be Janeu-dhari at one point… Muslim-dhari at another… This is playing with the people’s trust,” Ms Sitharaman said at a media briefing, a reference to the Congress’ defence of Mr Gandhi’s temple run ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat.

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