Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said “poetic justice” was delivered after Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had earlier accused him of collaborating with the BJP, was accused of being in cahoots with the BJP.
Several Congress members had written to party leader Rahul Gandhi, raising concerns over Sonia Gandhi being installed as the interim president. It was later reported that Rahul, upon receiving the letter, had questioned its timing. However, it soon emerged that he had also alleged them of siding with the BJP. Azad had, then, threatened to resign from the party if these allegations were proven to be true.
Mr. Owaisi took to Twitter and asked if this is what Azad's long-term “slavery” has meant for the party. He then questioned if any criticism of the “Janeudhari leadership”, a metaphor for the upper-caste leaders of the Congress party, means that the critic has sided with the BJP.
Ever since the letter was made public there has been a hue and cry over it. Many Congress leaders have taken an apparent u-turn and apologised to those who wrote the letter.
Meanwhile, Azad also took to Twitter to clarify his statement.
“...let me make it very clear that Shri Rahul Gandhi has neither in CWC nor outside said that this letter was written at the behest of BJP,” he wrote. He further clarified that he meant to resign only if the outsiders could prove that Rahul Gandhi has alleged them of siding with the BJP.
Over 123 party leaders have written to the Congress leader requesting Sonia Gandhi to step down as the interim president. Another signatory, Kapil Sibal, also expressed his concern over Rahul Gandhi's remark.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Rahul Gandhi says 'we are colluding with BJP' Succeeded in Rajasthan High Court defending the Congress Party Defending party in Manipur to bring down BJP Govt. Last 30 years have never made a statement in favour of BJP on any issue Yet 'we are colluding with the BJP'!”
However, he later deleted the tweet and wrote, “Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him. I, therefore, withdraw my tweet.”