New Delhi, Dec 1 : Hours after Congress President Rahul Gandhi questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's credentials as a 'Hindu', senior BJP leader and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said the saffron party leaders need not learn about Hinduism from Mr Gandhi.
"Bhagwan na kare aisa din bhi ayen jab hame Rahul Gandhi se Hindu honey ka matlab janna pare (God forbid, such a day should not come when we have to learn about Hinduism from Rahul Gandhi)," Ms Swaraj told reporters.
"It was only during recent election campaign it was propagated that Rahul Gandhi is a Brahmin just because his maternal grand father Pt Jawaharlal Nehru was Brahmin. They did not stop at that, they said Rahul Gandhi is a Brahmin with a sacred thread....I really did not know his knowledge has expanded so much that today we have to learn about being Hindu from him," she said.
She said Congress party is in dilemma for reasons more than one.
"They are not sure whether there will be an alliance of opposition parties....whether the proposed alliance will accept Rahul Gandhi as their leader," she said.
Earlier in the day, in poll-bound Rajasthan, addressing a meeting of business community in Udaipur, Mr Gandhi said: "What is the essence of Hinduism? That knowledge is with everybody, knowledge is all around you. Every living being has knowledge. Our PM says he is a Hindu but he doesn't understand foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?"
Surprisingly, Mr Gandhi's remarks come days after the Congress chief had slammed party colleague C P Joshi for his alleged 'casteist remarks' against Mr Modi.
BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya also tweeted lashing out at the Congress president for questioning Prime Minister's 'Hinduism' and said such remarks only suggest that the Congress leadership was making a casteist remark on Mr Modi.
"Rahul Gandhi picks up from where C P Joshi left. Questions PM’s Hinduism implying he is someone from lower caste and unworthy of holding the high constitutional office or even commenting on Hinduism," he wrote.(UNI)