Arun Jaitley attacks Congress, asks "What was the name of Sardar Patel's father?"
New Delhi : Attacking Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that BJP would "gladly accept" the challenge if the Congress wanted 2019 to be between Prime Minister Narendra Modi - the son of lesser known parents - and someone "known only for his parentage rather than capacity, merit and competence."
In a Facebook post titled as "What was the name of Sardar Patel's father?", FM Arun Jaitley writes, in a dynastic party like the Congress, "talent has no space, merit is no virtue, charisma of the family is the party's vote bank" and the crowd around the family is the cadre.
Major section of the blog was targeted on Rahul Gandhi, addressing how he stands no chance in front of Narendra Modi.
Arun Jaitley's post comes after Congress leader Vilas Muttemwar caused a huge controversy with his comment in Rajasthan: "Nobody knows Modi's father's name. Everybody knows Rahul Gandhi's father's name is Rajiv Gandhi."
Mr Jaitley said: "The Congress considers only a great surname as a political brand".
He listed three questions in response to the Congress leader's comment. "What is the name of Gandhiji's father? What is the name of Sardar Patel's father? What is the name of Sardar Patel's wife?" He supplied the answers - Gandhiji's father was Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi, Sardar Patel's father was Jhaverbhai Patel and his wife's name was Diwali Ba.