The Congress Party on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should stop converting the farmers" woes by raising "non -issue" like Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit's "sadak ka gunda' remark for Army Chief.
Earlier in the day, Rahul chastised the comment made on the Army Chief and insisted that politicians should refrain from making such statements.
Sandeep Dikshit triggered widespread outrage for his remarks, for which he later apologised. We condemn the Congress and demand that Sonia Gandhi come out and disown the leader insulting the army.
However, Dikshit soon offered apology.
The Congress party has sought to distance itself from Dikshit's comment.
"I wonder if this is a strategy of the Congress party, to undermine the Indian Army, weaken our institutions, which is what they do in Parliament also, you see them with sometime such sheer impunity. There is no need for any political leader to make comments against the Army chief", he said. "Sonia Gandhi should expel such leaders and apologise for the act", Patra told news agencies.
"This is going to result in a massive effect on the Congress Party and the people of India will not put with this anti-national act", he added.
"I have reservations on a comment of the Army chief but I should have chosen appropriate words". The minister also referred to Rahul's "khoon kidalali" barb at Modi previous year.
Dikshit made the remark while responding to a question about the aggressive statements made by Pakistan's Chief of Army staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Dikshit's comments on the army chief drew flak from Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. "Then, I could do what I (wanted to do)", he had said.
The Congress leadership has allowed many of its leaders to go "haywire" and there is a pattern in it, she said. "It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a "sadak ka goonda". If I had to say something of this kind, there was a different language and manner in which I should have said it.