Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was in no mood to spare Congress vice-president as he launched a severe diatribe, questioning how Rahul can be bothered by a revelation of a “legitimate” relationship when many of his party men have “illicit” relationships. (JPN)
Jaitley also accused Rahul for breaking political code of conduct, which despises making someone’s personal life as a political issue for their benefits.
"Indian politics has an unstated code of conduct. Ordinarily, we don't drag families and ladies into controversy. Rahul Gandhi is guilty of breaching that code,” Jaitley said in an article.
In an apparent potshot at Gandhi, Jaitley further said, “He must remember that the disturbed matrimonial relationship of a former Indian Prime Minister was never a political issue.”
“Devoid of serious political issues and understanding of those issues, Rahul Gandhi has reflected his immaturity and desperation by making the ‘Modi marriage’ as a political issue," BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar said.
“How many current senior Congressmen are in illicit relationships and yet have paraded their wives only for photo opportunities during nominations. Surely if people have a right to know about the "legal" relationship of Modi, they also have a right to know about the illicit relationships of Congressmen. The latter is more relevant for people's right to know about the ethics of their candidates,” he said.
Jaitley also said, "There are many people who are in illicit relationship in politics in Rahul Gandhi's party.... Has he asked them to make a disclosure of their relationships? So if he is not doing all that, how is he disturbed that Modi has made a disclosure of a legitimate relationship. People then also have a right to know about the illicit relationships."
The Congress’ had earlier tried to downplay the controversy, saying the Congress vice-president did not question Modi’s relationship but the legality of masking it from the people in last three state elections.
"What Rahulji has said is not the question of relationship of a lady with Modi but a legal question where in last three elections Narendra Modi has not mentioned about his wife," AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad said during an interaction organised by the Bangalore Reporters Guild.
By not mentioning the name of his wife in the last three elections, Modi has 'misled' the people of the country and Election Commission, Hariprasad added.
Reacting to Jaitley's remarks in his blog about alleged "illicit relationship" of some Congressmen, he said people also knew the illicit relationship of BJP leaders in Karnataka.
"It is known who had illicit relationship in Karnataka and in that (BJP) circle too" he said.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was in no mood to spare Congress vice-president as he launched a severe diatribe, questioning how Rahul can be bothered by a revelation of a “legitimate” relationship when many of his party men have “illicit” relationships.