Rajadharma- Congress leader Kapil Sibal remembers Vajpayee's advice to Narendra Modi
The Congress has responded to the government's advice asking it to avoid moral lectures with a trip down memory lane specifically, with a reference to a news conference in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee told Narendra Modi to follow "rajdharma". Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat at the time.
Now here's a quick rundown of what's been happening.
First, the Congress asked President Ram Nath Kovind to push the Modi government to follow its "rajdharma" in the wake of deadly communal violence in northeast Delhi, in which more than 40 have been killed.
Then, on Friday, the central law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, asked the Congress not to preach rajdharma to the government and accused its leaders of hypocrisy and of making provocative statements.
Kapil Sibal, a senior Congressman, couldn't resist hitting back with this on Saturday:
Law Minister to Congress :— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) February 29, 2020
“ Please don’t preach us Rajdharma “
How can we Mr. Minister ?
When you did not listen to Vajpayeeji in Gujarat why would you listen to us !
Listening , learning and obeying Rajdharma not one of your Government’s strong points !
"How can we [preach rajdharma] Mr Minister? When you did not listen to Vajpayee ji in Gujarat, why would you listen to us? Listening, learning and obeying rajdharma [is] not one of your government's strong points!"The Congress has gone hammer and tongs at the government in the wake of the communal violence that has rocked northeast Delhi in recent days. It has called for Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation, submitted a memorandum to the President and accused the Centre of trying to protect BJP leaders who gave hate speeches by transferring a judge of the Delhi High Court.Meanwhile, pleas moved in Delhi High Court have accused the Gandhis of making hate speeches, and have asked that FIRs be filed against them.