Kharge Stands by ‘BJP Had No Role in Freedom Struggle’ Remark As Ruling Party Leaders Seek Apology

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Leader of the Opposition, responding to Leader of the House, said whatever he has said was outside the Parliament and there’s no need to discuss that in the House. He also stood by his comment on the role of BJP during freedom struggle.

NEW DELHI — Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal demanded an apology from Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of Opposition, on his speech made in Rajasthan’s Alwar.

Goyal backed by party members, who were raising slogans demanding an apology, said “He has no right to be in the house and should apologise to the BJP, which is the biggest party in the world.”

He said, “That is why Gandhi ji wanted to wind up the Congress.”

Responding to it, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge defended his “dog” jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party and mentioned that whatever he has said was outside the Parliament and there’s no need to discuss that in the House. The leader also stood by his comment on the role of BJP during freedom struggle.

He said “I can still say that they had no role in the freedom struggle.”

Kharge added that the Congress leaders have sacrificed their lives while the BJP leaders used to ask for pardon from the British government.

While giving speech in Rajasthan’s Alwar on Monday, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said, “Congress gave freedom to the country and Indira and Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives for the unity of the country.”

He added, “Congress party leaders gave their lives. What did you (BJP) do? Did any of your dogs die for the country? Has any family member made any sacrifice?”

Kharge also said that the BJP government “talks like a lion but acts like a mouse” as it is not taking on China for indulging in incursions along the border and is running away from a debate on the issue in Parliament.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said: “We strongly condemn the statement made by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge in Rajasthan yesterday. It’s an Italian Congress which is running today. It is being said that he is a rubber stamp president.” — IANS (Inputs added)

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File photo: Mallikarjun Kharge

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