Bulandshahar (UP): A case has been filed against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a local court for his alleged "offensive comments" about people of UP at a rally in Phulpur.

BJP youth wing leader Bhavtosh Gurjar filed the case in the CJM court, seeking action against Gandhi under IPC section 200 (attempt to use as true any such declaration, knowing the same to be false).

The court directed Gurjar to file evidence by November 21.

Gandhi, while kicking off Congress' election campaign in UP on November 14 had said, "People of UP are appreciated for their hard work wherever they go in search of job...How long will you beg in Maharashtra (for work)? How long will you work as labourer in Punjab?"

Gadkari slams Rahul's statement

BJP President Nitin Gadkari said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's statement that people from Uttar Pradesh go begging in other states was an insult.

"Rahul Gandhi's statement during Phulpur rally that people from UP go to other states to beg is an insult," Gadkari said while addressing Vijay Sankalp Samagm on the occasion of convergence of two Jan Swabhiman Yatras led by Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra respectively.

Rahul Gandhi had on Monday asked in a rally, "How long will you beg in Maharashtra? And how long will you work as labourer in Punjab?"

In a counter attack, Gadkari alleged that Congress, which has ruled for the maximum period, was responsible for the current condition of the state.

"From Pandit Nehru to Sonia Gandhi, one family and one party ruled the country for the maximum time. Rahul should reply that why such conditions exist for people of UP," he said.

(Agencies)