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Khattar targets Sonia Gandhi over her return as Congress chief

Calling the remarks 'anti-women', Congress has demanded immediate apology from the Haryana chief minister

By PTI in Sonipat

  • Published 14.10.19, 12:54 PM
  • Updated 14.10.19, 12:54 PM
Addressing a rally in Sonipat, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar targeted family-based politics of the Congress and Jannayak Janta Party.
Addressing a rally in Sonipat, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar targeted family-based politics of the Congress and Jannayak Janta Party. PTI

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has again targeted Sonia Gandhi, this time over her return as the Congress chief after a three-month search by the party to choose a president, using the Hindi proverb "Khoda Pahad Nikli Chuhiya."

Addressing a poll rally in Kharkhoda in Sonipat on Sunday, Khattar launched a fierce attack on the Congress and the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), asking the voters to show the door to these "family-based parties."

The Congress was quick to hit back, saying the remark by the chief minister showed the "anti-woman" character of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and demanded an immediate apology.

"The chief minister's remarks are inappropriate, he stooped to the lowest level and it also shows the anti-women character of the BJP. We strongly condemn his remark and demand that he immediately tenders an apology," the Congress party tweeted.

At the rally, Khattar said the Congress took three months to look for a national president outside the Gandhi family, but in the end, chose the family again and Sonia Gandhi became the interim chief.

"These family-based parties are there in the state and in the Centre too, what kind of 'tamasha' these 'Parivarvad' based parties are doing, you know it. Now, within the family too fights are taking place. On one side is Pappu and on the other side mummy," Khattar said.

"It was Pappu Chaudhary, he said that he will not remain party chief after the Congress lost the Lok Sabha polls and Rahul baba resigned as party chief. He then asked his party to look for new party chief outside the Gandhi family. We thought it was a good thing that they were moving away from "parivarvad" (dynastic rule). After all, we should appreciate good thing of opponents too," said Khattar.

"They started searching for a national president throughout the country for three months and after that you know who became the chief – Sonia Gandhi. Again the same Gandhi family. 'Khoda Pahad, Nikli Chuhiya (much ado over nothing), woh bhi mari hui (and that too dead)', this is their condition," the chief minister said.

A week ago, Khattar, at another poll rally in the state, had accused the Congress of sympathising with terrorists and said its party president Sonia Gandhi "sheds tears for militants."

In the Kharkhoda rally on Sunday, Khattar also took potshots at the Congress, and said its former state unit chief Ashok Tanwar quit the party after levelling allegations that "tickets are being sold in the Congress."

He also took a dig at the Congress over its manifesto.

"They have promised freebies for which Rs 1.25 lakh crore will be needed, which can never be fulfilled. They are making promises as if state's coffers are their 'Baap Ka Maal' (as if it is their father's property)," he said.

The chief minister also targeted JJP, which came into existence after a vertical split in the INLD.

"This party, Jhootee Jagda Party, will become the Jamanat Jabad Party as its candidates will lose badly," he said.

Targeting JJP leader Dushyant Chautala and referring to him as "Gappu," Khattar said he was only indulging in big talk and spreading lies.

Seeking votes for BJP candidate Meena Narwal, Khattar said the ruling outfit brought "clean and transparent administration and gave jobs on merit. We undertook equitable development without any regional bias."