BJP's Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday countered Rahul Gandhi's powerful attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Congress plenary session, calling it "rhetoric of loser, devoid of substance".
While addressing the media Sitharaman condemned Rahul's scathing attack on BJP President Amit Shah and said:
"It is astonishing that the Congress president chooses to name the president of BJP and says he is a murder accused. He has been cleared by a court. The charge does not hold, even though the charge was a complete conspiracy against him. It was a conspiracy based on fraud and you continue to say this".
She further attacked Rahul Gandhi and said that Amit Shah was being attacked by someone who is himself out on bail.
"And this by someone who is in charge, somebody who is out on bail in the National Herald case. Congress president is sharing the name of the father of the nation and he is out on bail."
On Rahul's accusations that the government was curbing the independence of the media and judiciary, Sitharaman reminded him that the Congress leader who imposed Emergency was his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi while the controversial defamation bill, seen as an instrument to curb free speech, planned by the government was led by his father, Rajiv Gandhi.
"Since when has the Congress become protector of judiciary? Do I have to remind how Indira Gandhi treat the judiciary when one verdict went against them? Rajeev Gandhi in 1988 almost brought the bill and during that phase, how many cases were filed against the media? And their son and grandson is talking about press freedom," Sitharaman added.