Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who is in the middle of a controversy over allegations that he called Congress a "Muslim party", today hit back at the BJP with a tweet that appeared to encapsulate his party's ideology.
"I stand with the last person in the line. The exploited, marginalised and the persecuted. Their religion, caste or beliefs matter little to me. I seek out those in pain and embrace them. I erase hatred and fear. I love all living beings. I am the Congress," the 47-year-old chief of the Congress tweeted.
The alleged remarks that created the row were reported by one Urdu newspaper. But the matter was swiftly zeroed in by the BJP, with first defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi, targeting the Congress chief.
"I read in the newspapers that naamdaar (entitled) said the Congress is a party of the Muslims. I am not surprised... When the previous prime minister was in charge, he said openly that the first use of natural resources should be with Muslims," PM Modi said at a public meeting in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Most of the Muslim intellectuals at the meeting with Rahul Gandhi have denied the comments attributed to him.