Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday made yet another controversial statement saying that PM Narendra Modi does not know Hinduism. He was speaking to Business Community and Professionals in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
"What does Hinduism say? That knowledge is with everybody. PM Modi says he is a Hindu. but he does not understand the basic of Hinduism. What type of Hindu is he?" he said.
He also said that PM Modi never communicated to the Opposition regarding important matters.
"The second phone call that went from Manmohan Singh's office after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks was to LK Advani, as he represented the opposition. Mr Modi has never called me, for five years he never called Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, not even Advani (chuckles), that is fascinating to me. But what is most fascinating to me is what is the essence of Hinduism. You please study the Hinduism, what does the Gita say? Knowledge is with everyone.What does Hinduism say? That knowledge is with everybody. PM Modi says he is a Hindu. but he does not understand the basic of Hinduism
Following Gandhi's comment, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj hit back saying that Rahul Gandhi is carrying an image of a devout Hindu just ahead of polls, adding that "hope we never see the day when we have to learn what it is to be a Hindu from Rahul Gandhi."
I did not know that he is such a learned Brahmin that he is teaching us what it is to be a Hindu. I hope we never see the day when we have to learn what it is to be a Hindu from Rahul Gandhi," she said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah also reacted to Rahul Gandhi's comment while addressing an election rally in Balotara town of Barmer district. "The Congress is now preaching us about Hinduism... They are giving us lessons of Gita," Shah said.
At the same event, Gandhi made yet another claim saying that the government politicised the surgical strike and that PM Modi entered into the Army's domain and shaped their surgical strike.
"Mr Narendra Modi actually reached into the Army's domain and shaped their surgical strike. He turned their surgical strike into a political asset when it actually was a military decision," he said.