Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday has hit back at Congress after it implied that lack of security provided by "BJP-backed government" led to the former PM Rajiv Gandhi's death.
Calling Congress 'desperate', he said that the party which earlier blamed DMK for close to 13 years now finds a BJP role in it.
Jaitley said that between December 1990 till May 1991 during when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated, it was Congress supported Chandra Shekhar government which was in power, adding that the grand old party had blamed DMK from May 1991 till 2004 for the incident.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Thursday attacked the BJP over the 'Bhrashtchar no 1' comment against the former PM Rajiv Gandhi and raised questions about who is responsible for his assasination.
"Abusing a martyred Prime Minister is the sign of ultimate cowardice.," Patel tweeted. "But who is responsible for his assassination? The BJP backed V P Singh govt refused to provide him with additional security and left him with one PSO despite credible intelligence inputs and repeated requests," he alleged.
Patel's counter attack came a day after Modi accused the Gandhi family of using warship INS Viraat as its "personal taxi" for a holiday when Rajiv Gandhi was at the helm. "Rajiv ji lost his life due to their hatred and is no longer here amongst us to answer the baseless allegations and abuses which are being unleashed on him.
Congress leaders, including its president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, have hit out at Modi for his barb at their father, who was India's prime minister between 1984-89. Earlier, Modi had dubbed Rajiv Gandhi as "bhrashtachari no 1" (corrupt no 1), in a reference to the Bofors scam.
(With agency inputs)