Political exchanges between Congress and BJP on 17 July hit a low with the latter asking Rahul Gandhi to "grow out of diapers" after he took jibes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying people will reduce his 56-inch chest to 5.6 inches. BJP said the Congress vice president was no longer a "toddler politician" but his behaviour reminded that he remained "a baby in diapers".
BJP secretary Siddharth Nath Singh hit out at Gandhi at a briefing soon after the Congress leader attacked the Centre and Rajasthan government over a host of issues, including land bill and Lalit Modi scandal."He has to grow out of diapers he is wearing. His remarks, behaviour remind us that he remains a baby in diaper," Singh said as he raked up the alleged scams during the Congress-led UPA rule and controversial land deals involving Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra.
On Rahul's remark that the Raje government's "remote" was with Lalit Modi in London, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, "Congress was used to running governments by remote control and believed it was a model. It is not so in BJP.
What had Gandhi said?
Addressing party workers in Rajasthan, Gandhi had said "This 56-inch chest (of Narendra Modi) will turn into 5.6 inches in six months. And who will turn this into 5.6 inches, it is the Congress party, people of the country, the farmers and the labourers." Taking repeated jibes at the Vasundhara Raje government, he called it a "Lalit Modi sarkar".