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“Rahul Looks Beautiful But…”: Himanta Sarma Doubles Down On “Like Saddam” Dig

Rahul Gandhi at a latest rally in Surat throughout his Gujarat marketing campaign break from the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.


Assam Chief Minister and BJP’s main ballot campaigner Himanta Biswa Sarma at present doubled down on his latest jibes at Rahul Gandhi, chief of his former social gathering Congress, justifying and repeating his controversial remark that “Rahul Gandhi, along with his beard, seems like Saddam Hussein”.

“I solely stated ‘seems’,” he confused in an interview with NDTV

“Rahul seems stunning. He’s a glamourous individual. However, as of now, you evaluate images (of Saddam Hussein and him), and see for your self,” Mr Sarma added, skirting a query on this comparability, with the deposed Iraqi dictator, being seen as a communal spin that fuels stereotyping.

To the Congress cost that he seemed like a troll, Mr Sarma claimed he ignorance on what a ‘troll’ means. When instructed it mainly means being abusive, he stated, “I’ve solely given recommendation that if Rahul Gandhi cuts his beard and all, he’ll appear like [former PM Jawaharlal] Nehru,” referring to Mr Gandhi’s great-grandfather.

Final month, when Mr Sarma first made the “seems like Saddam Hussein” jibe, he had stated it might be higher if Rahul Gandhi may seem extra look Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru or Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr Sarma additionally denied there any ideological shift when he left the Congress for the BJP, and insisted that he had “wasted 22 years of my life in the Congress” till he resigned in 2015.

“Within the Congress, we used to worship a household. In BJP, we worship the nation,” he claimed. As soon as a Congress minister in Assam, he has since gone on to function minister and now Chief Minister in BJP governments.

Sticking to the BJP line used aggressively within the latest Gujarat elections, he doubled down on broadly circulated Hindutva theories on riots and different crimes. This included a “love jihad” spin to the alleged homicide of Shraddha Walkar, a Hindu girl, by her Muslim boyfriend, Aaftab Poonawala, in Delhi. Requested how he may draw a religion-based conclusion when there is not any proof and related crimes have been reported inside all communities, he insisted, “The time has come for us to outline legally what’s ‘love jihad’,” and claimed, “We’ve got many proof in our state.”

He additional sought to place the onus of communal riots on a selected group — making thinly veiled references to Muslims — saying, “Hindu usually don’t contribute to riots.” 

Reminded about courtroom verdicts within the 2002 Gujarat riots on involvement of individuals throughout communities, he stated, “I stated Hindus usually don’t contribute to riots. Hindus do not consider in ‘jihad’. Hindu, as a group, is peace-loving.”

On whether or not he may very well be making the identical factors if he have been nonetheless with the Congress, he went for rhetoric: “What’s the ideological shift? I’ve stated ‘Hindus are peace-loving’ — will the Congress disagree?”

Even whereas drawing conclusions in Shraddha Walkar’s homicide — when police, too, have not alleged any communal angle — he stated he wouldn’t touch upon the untimely launch of 11 males who raped a Muslim girl, Bilkis Bano, and killed her members of the family in the course of the 2002 Gujarat riots. “I’m a lawyer. I cannot talk about a matter that is in courtroom,” he argued.

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