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Uma Bharti asks Sonia Gandhi to clear Congress stand on Salman Khurshid's remark

Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 8:57pm IST | Agency: PTI

BJP vice-president Uma Bharti today asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to clarify her party's stand on the "impotent" barb against BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

"In the last many years, nobody has made such intemperate comment against any politician. The Congress president should clarify whether her party approves of the comment made by Khurshid or whether the observation on Modi was Khurshid's personal view," Uma told PTI/Bhasha.

"Has Congress became so uncultured that its leaders (have) started making such kind of statements," she asked.

"On a number of occasions, Congress had distanced itself from its general secretary Digvijay Singh's controversial statements, I feel Congress should distance itself in Khurshid's case as well," Uma said.

The BJP leader said this below the belt comment by Khurshid will ensure that Congress will land in abyss post elections.

In the wake of furore caused by Khurshid after describing Modi as "impotent" in handling of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today expressed his disapproval for such language.

Responding to a query on contesting Lok Sabha polls, Uma said as she was occupied with the Ganga river conservation programme, she would not be able to spare time for her constituency.

"However, if BJP president Rajnath Singh asks me to contest, I am ready to fight the election from any given constituency," she said.

When asked about the change of guard in Uttarakhand, Uma, also the BJP's in-charge of the hill state, said Congress will achieve nothing by replacing Vijay Bahuguna with Harish Rawat as chief minister.

"...Despite Rawat assuming the reins of Uttarakhand, Congress will lose polls in the hill state and BJP would win all the five (Lok Sabha) seats," she added. 

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