Don't preach us rajdharma, Ravi Shankar Prasad accuses Sonia Gandhi of inciting remarks

Don't preach us rajdharma, Ravi Shankar Prasad accuses Sonia Gandhi of inciting remarks

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders saying they should not try to preach "rajdharma" to the government as the Congress leaders themselves have been inciting people with provocative statements.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Please don't preach us rajdharma. Your record is full of violations, twists and turns for plain and simple vote bank politics. Look at yourself in the mirror of rajdharma."

He also said, "A second question on rajdharma, your notification on NPR spoke about a register of the country's citizens. If you do it, it's alright, but if we do it, we are instigating people?"

Ravi Shankar Prasad further attacked Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi over her call for protests to save the Constitution.

"Priyanka said that if we keep quiet today then Babasaheb's Constitution will be destroyed," said Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The minister continued with his attack on the previous UPA government and said, "Vis-a-vis the persecuted minorities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, your party had a stand in the past. They believed in granting citizenship and Ashok Gehlot would even write to LK Advani and Shivraj Patil in the past about the same. What is the rajdharma that everyone did a volte face now?"

"You raised the issue and we fulfilled the duty," observed Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Prasad went on with his attack on Sonia Gandhi and said, "'Iss paar, uss paar faisla lena hai', you said in Ramlila Maidan. What kind of language is this? Isn't this incitement? This is against constitutional procedure that was followed for the passage of CAA."

Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that BJP condemns the pure politics being played by Congress at such a sensitive time where we all need to talk about is harmony.

"This is the time to extend a hand for peace and not to spread hatred," he said.

A petition was moved in Delhi High Court on Friday in which the petitioner has sought FIRs against Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and others for alleged hate speeches that incited violence in Delhi.