Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Rahul in fresh row over remarks as Delhi Police lands at his doorstep; Cong-BJP sparring escalates


New Delhi: In the midst of the simmering row over his “democracy under threat” remarks in the UK, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday faced a Delhi police team that reached his residence to inquire about his “women are still being sexually assaulted” statement made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, intensifying the BJP-Congress verbal slugfest.

Gandhi in his initial response termed the police action “unprecedented” and questioned the process as well as the sudden urgency shown over his remarks made in Srinagar 45 days ago. He also sought 8-10 days for a detailed response to the queries, sources said.

A furious Congress condemned the Delhi Police action after the cops knocked on Gandhi’s doors for the third time in five days asking him to provide information on the women “victims” so that the police can take up their case.

The opposition party attacked the central government, accusing it of harassment, intimidation, and political vendetta, but the BJP rejected the charge and said the police was ”only discharging its lawful duty”.

The issue has cast a fresh shadow over the budget session of Parliament which has so far not seen any major transaction of business in the wake of the Opposition uproar over the Adani issue and the BJP demanding a public apology from Rahul Gandhi on his remarks in the UK.


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