Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttar Pradesh spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that Gandhi's statement was a smack of arrogance. (Agencies)
"This is not only sad but also makes mockery of the poor," Pathak said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui said that the Congress leader was ignorant and did not know the ground situation. "He comes from a billionaire family and generations in the Gandhi Nehru family have never seen poverty even from a distance. So they cannot be blamed for their poor knowledge," he added.
Speaking at a discourse on 'Culture, Deepening Democracy and Most Marginalized Communities', organized by social scientist Badri Narayan on Monday, Gandhi had said that poverty was a state of mind.
"Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty," Gandhi was quoted as saying by the organizers.
Going further, Gandhi cited the example of a poor woman in Amethi who took control of her life, both financially and socially, by getting associated with a self-help group, Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttar Pradesh spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that Gandhi's statement was a smack of arrogance.