In a big embarrassment to Congress party, Rahul Gandhi on Monday admitted in the Supreme Court that he made the statements made over the Rafale case in the “heat of political campaigning". In the reply filed in the top court on the contempt plea filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Rahul Gandhi also stated that he "regrets" that statement he made saying that "Supreme Court has accepted that Chokidar Chor Hai".
Responding to Rahul Gandhi's admission, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa condemned the statements made by the Congress president, stating that it was an insult for the nation and contempt of the Supreme Court.
"This is not only a statement against the Prime Minister of the nation, but also contempt of Supreme Court. Supreme Court is being made into a platform for political campaigning. In order to increase his political score, Rahul Gandhi is playing with the value of the Supreme Court as an institution. And now using the highest law authority Supreme Court, and adding own words that 'Chawkidar Chor Hai', there is no institution safe from his dirty politics. We strongly condemn such words from a person who aims to be the next Prime Minister of this country and don't expect this kind of words from him," Sirsa said while speaking to Republic TV.
He went onto to launch a scathing attack on the Congress party over the recent controversial remarks made by its party leaders against the nation in the light of Rafale deal and comments against the Army.
"Those statements are not against PM Modi or BJP, those statements are against the nation. When you talk about Rafale, Pakistan, against the Army, it clearly shows what is the mentality of the Congress party. They have stooped quite low and using this kind of languages. Not just Rahul Gandhi, Digvijaya Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu have also made anti-national comments during this electoral campaigning," he added.
Rahul Gandhi made the admission in the reply to the petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, in the Supreme Court on April 12, seeking contempt proceedings against the Congress president for attributing his remarks on the recent Rafale verdict to the apex court.
In the affidavit filed by Rahul Gandhi in the Supreme Court in response to the Meenakshi Lekhi's contempt petition, he, not once, but twice has admitted that he made the statement "in the heat of political campaigning", adding that he "regrets" his statements.
"My statement was made in the heat of political campaigning. It has been used (and misused) by my political opponents to project that I had deliberately and intentionally suggested that this Court had said Chowkidar Chor Hai! It is also clear that no court would ever do that and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court and to the political slogan in the juxtaposition the same breath in the heat of the political campaigning our not be construed as suggesting that the court had given any finding or conclusion on that issue," the affidavit reads.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who filed the complaint, said that she is satisfied to the extent that Rahul Gandhi's lie has been exposed.