“… Like Your Grandma Did?”: Karnataka BJP After Rahul Gandhi Challenges PM


New Delhi: A day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit any university in the country and explain why “the economy is a basket case”, Karnataka BJP responded by claiming the Prime Minister would instead address students’ concerns through his Mann Ki Baat programme.

The state unit of the party also hit out at Gandhi for his party’s criticism of the government, over its handling of student protests against the controversial citizenship law, by referring to the 45-day shutdown of JNU by his grandmother – former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“Dear @RahulGandhi, You have challenged PM @narendramodi to stand in front of students & talk to them. Should He talk to them after shutting down #JNU for 45 days, arrest students & lock them up like your grandma Indira Gandhi did? Or should He talk to them through #MannKiBaat?” Karnataka BJP’s tweet asked.

The tweet was referring to a shutdown imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1980/81 after violence broke out between rival Left-backed organisations.

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