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Rahul Gandhi's detention camp remark: BJP calls Congress leader 'liar'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 December 2019, 18:40 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit back at the former Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his liar jibe at the prime minister Narendra Modi, dubbing him as 'joothon ka sardar' (master of lies) and saying detention camps in Assam were set up when the Congress was in power both at the Centre and the state.

The BJP also Called PM Modi as a performer.

BJP's national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "People of India are intelligent. They know how to differentiate between a liar and a performer. While we have a liar in Rahul Gandhi, we have a performer in PM Modi."

Addressing a press conference Patra said, there is no connection of setting up detention camps and NRC. Detention centre is for foreigners who are in India illegally. This is just a confinement centre to control his or her movement.

Hitting back at the former Congress president, Patra said he has used objectionable language but it was too much to ask for decency in public discourse from him.

During the presser, Patra showed the official statement issued by the Congress-led UPA government in 2011 stating that detention centres have been set up in Assam. "Rahul Gandhi is Joothon ka Sardar. The three detention centres were set up in Assam by his party which was in power both at the Centre and the state," he said.
Patra also showed the 'white paper' issued by the Assam government on the issue of illegal migrants and claimed it also talks about setting up of detention centres. He further said there is no connection between detention centres and the National Register of Citizens.

Rahul Gandhi attacked Modi over his remarks that there were no detention centres in the country, alleging that "RSS's Prime Minister lies to Bharat Mata".

In a tweet earlier in the day, the Congress leader had alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was lying to the country on the issue of detention camps in Assam.

Taking to Twitter, he also attached a video clip with Modi accusing the Congress, its allies and "urban Naxals" of spreading the rumour that Muslims will be sent to detention centres. The clip also shows a purported detention centre being constructed in Assam.

(With PTI Inputs)

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First published: 26 December 2019, 18:18 IST