THRISSUR: Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “quoting” from the Bible at a ballot rally and nothing for the nuns harassed by “goons” belonging to his get together throughout a practice journey by BJP-dominated Uttar Pradesh lately.
“I suppose this was because the elections in Kerala are around the corner.
Because I didn’t hear a single word about the sisters who were harassed in Jhansi,” she mentioned, a day after Modi focused the ruling LDF over the gold smuggling rip-off in a ballot rally in Palakkad, saying the CPI(M)-led authorities “betrayed” the folks, simply as Judas did to Jesus for just a few items of silver”.
Addressing an election rally here, Gandhi said there was nothing more hollow than quoting from the Bible “to sow seeds of division and hatred within the nation”.
She said she has worked for many years with the nuns belonging to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Delhi, who taught her how to clean the wounds of the destitutes.
“I labored for a few years with my sisters in Mother Teresa’s order of Missionaries of Charity.
I used to be a volunteer at their properties in Delhi”, Gandhi said while narrating her experience as a volunteer the sisters of Mother Teresa’s order.
“They confirmed me the dignity of service. And at this time once I meet them usually, they inform me of how they’re persecuted,” she said.
Hitting out at the Prime Minister, the Congress general secretary said she found it very interesting when Modi “quoted from the Holy Bible”.
“There is nothing extra farcical than quoting the strains of Jesus on a political stage and unleashing the prosecution on these whose lives are spent on serving the poor,” Gandhi said.
She said it was Jesus Christ who exposed the tyranny of a ruler, whose greed and selfishness ravaged his people.
Slamming the Centre, she said everybody knows how the central government, headed by Modi, has “divided our personal nation within the identify of faith”.
The Prime Minister, while attacking the Left government on the gold smuggling case allegedly involving the former principal secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, had remarked about LDF – “Judas.
Judas betrayed Lord Christ for just a few items of silver. LDF has betrayed Kerala for just a few items of gold.”
Modi sought to link the betrayal of Jesus by Judas in exchange for money, to the gold smuggling case in the rally held during the Holy Week being observed by the Christian community.
During Holy Week, Christians recall the events leading up to Jesus death by crucifixion, his betrayal by Judas during the week in exchange for money, and, according to their faith, Jesus’ Resurrection.
Judas was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus.
On Monday, union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had dismissed as wrong, the charges that two nuns and two
postulants belonging to a Kerala-based congregation were attacked during a train journey via Uttar Pradesh recently and alleged that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was “making false statements” on the difficulty.
Vijayan on Tuesday dubbed Goyal’s assertion as ‘shameful’ and an ‘utter lie’.
The alleged incident occurred at Jhansi railway station on March 19 had its echoes in ballot-certain Kerala final week with Vijayan taking it up with the Centre and Home Minister Amit Shah promising robust motion