17 September 2021 16:04

Do you think the North-South divide in India is real?

During his public meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi stirred controversy.

He compared his experience as an MP from Wayanad to that of Amethi.

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Rahul Gandhi emarked:

“For the first 15 years, I was an MP in the north. I had got used to a different type of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was very refreshing because suddenly I found that people are interested in issues and not just superficially but going into detail in the issues.”

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Rahul Gandhi is the Wayanad MP since the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and has earlier been the MP from Amethi for 15 years. 

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Former Congress MLA from Rai Bareli Aditi Singh has opined that it is wrong to malign a previous constituency to impress the people of the current constituency:

Maybe he did not mean it. Maybe he did not want to project it that way. But it is wrong to malign your previous constituency from where you contested elections, lost it is another story, but it is wrong to insult the previous constituency simply to praise the South which is your current constituency.”

Rahul Gandhi said:

“My experience now since I have been an MP, I have also got to understand the wisdom of people of Kerala. For the first 15 years, I was an MP in the north. I had got used to a different type of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was very refreshing because suddenly I found that people are interested in issues and not just superficially but going into detail in the issues.”

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Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal told ANI:

“I’m nobody to comment on what he (Rahul) said. He said it and he can explain in what context he said.”  

With his comment Rahul Gandhi came in for severe criticism from BJP leaders and Union Ministers.

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Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also targeted Gandhi, accusing him of “differentiating the country’s atmosphere”. He told media:

“Yours is a national party and you are differentiating the country’s atmosphere. This certainly raises a question about the level of your responsibility (as a national party leader).”

Listen to what people of Amethi have to say about their former MP’s comments.

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