In what is sure to cause a major political fight, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, speaking at a rally in the poll-bound Rajasthan, courted controversy by calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a 'chor' while lashing out at the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for the GST.
Addressing a crowd in Sagwara, the Congress supremo said, "Galli galli mai shor hai, desh ka chowkidar 'chor' hai. (There is news making rounds in the streets that the watchman of this country is a thief)"
Taking his attack further forward, Rahul mocked the GST of BJP, calling it as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'. "No one has understood the Gabbar Singh tax till now. This is a corrupted Gabbar Singh tax. We will change it. If Congress comes to power, we will change Gabbar singh tax to GST. Our focus is to give employment to the people of Rajasthan," he added.
His views drew angry reactions from the BJP party, with Smriti Irani lashing out at Rahul for irresponsible comments. The Textiles minister said, "Rahul Gandhi has less regard for the position of the Prime Minister of India, let alone the person. I think that, the desperation of the 'Clown Prince', as Mr. Jaitley calls him, to attract attention to himself at the cost of the Prime Minster's name is obvious to everybody.
"One needs to ask Rahul Gandhi, 'what is your vision for the country'? One needs to ask him, 'what is the solutions that you gave for a country that Congres left debt-ridden?' One needs to ask Rahul Gandhi, 'how does he look at the NPA issue which was left behind as a challenge for the Indian economy'?"
She further went onto call the Congress President attention seeker. "Nation building is something which Rahul Gandhi is not keen on. He is keen on taking a humiliating position against the PM, for that is a chip on the shoulder that he carries. People of the country know that Rahul Gandhi lacks vision and a desire for development, and the desperation of Rahul Gandhi to be in the news is very obvious with the atrocious statements that he has given," added the former HRD minister.