Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Nepal for a friend’s wedding triggered a barrage of tweets from the BJP and its supporters on Tuesday, many of them taking shots at the politician for attending a party while being critical of the government on social media.
The Congress, however, hit back, saying it was not yet a crime to visit a friendly nation to attend a friend’s wedding, and it was much less egregious than Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a surprise visit to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter’s wedding in 2015.
“Rahul Gandhi hasn’t gone to Pakistan as an uninvited guest like PM Modi to cut a cake with Nawaz Sharif, and we know what happens in Pathankot,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a news briefing.
“Rahul Gandhi has gone to Nepal, a friendly country, to attend a journalist’s wedding. There is nothing wrong. It’s a matter of our culture.
It’s not a crime. Maybe PM and BJP will soon decide it’s a crime to participate in weddings of friends and family members,” he added.He was responding to tweets by BJP leaders like Amit Malviya who posted a video of Rahul Gandhi in Nepal.
The Congress MP is in Kathmandu to attend the wedding of his Nepali friend Sumnima Udas, a former CNN journalist and now the Executive Director of The Lumbini Museum.
The wedding is planned for Tuesday and a reception will be held Thursday, the newspaper reported.