How Rahul Gandhi’s photo with an underage girl wearing a hijab sparked a war of words between BJP and Congress


As the Bharat Jodo Yatra enters its second week, a new political row has broken out between Congress and the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) over a photo of Rahul Gandhi with a young girl wearing a hijab at one of the rallies. .

BJP spokesman Sambit Patra posted a photo of Rahul Gandhi walking next to an underage girl wearing a hijab and holding her hand. The BJP leader further accused Gandhi of indulging in appeasement politics, sparking a backlash from congressional leaders who criticized Patra for his comments.

Patra posted a photo of Gandhi walking with the girl wearing a hijab and tweeted in Hindi: “When votes are accounted for on the basis of religion, it’s called reconciliation.” Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor hit back at Patra and intervened to defend Rahul Gandhi.

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In response to the BJP leader, Tharoor wrote: “Isn’t there a low to which the BJP spokesman will not sink? said Tharoor. “She is a small child and too young to be part of the ant bank. Please spare her your pettiness!”

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The Kerala MP further wrote: “What Rahul Gandhi does is a simple decent gesture to a child. BJP, learn to look beyond people’s beliefs; we do.”

Congress spokesman Supriya Shrinate tagged Patra’s tweet and reprimanded the BJP leader, saying he didn’t even spare a young girl. “It’s one thing to be startled by the huge crowds in the (Bharat Jodo) Yatra – but to be blinded by such hatred. You are the pits!” she said.

In response to Shrinate’s tweet, Jairam Ramesh, Congress general secretary in charge of communications, said: “Worse than the pits.”

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Congress has accused the BJP of resorting to misinformation and lies about the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, saying it shows the “fear” and “frustration” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the saffron party leadership for the success of the yatra.

BJP leaders have criticized the Congressional Bharat Jodo Yatra, which will last five months and cover 21 cities across India.

(with PTI inputs)

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