The Congress today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark that it was a party for Muslim men only highlighted his "sick mentality".
Modi during his speech in Azamgarh yesterday had come down heavily on the Congress over its stand on triple talaq, asking if it was a party for Muslim men alone.
"The prime minister has continuously hurt the dignity of his office. We strictly oppose what he said yesterday. It shows his sick mentality and twisted mindset," senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said.
"There is an attempt by him to divide society... His main opposition, the INC, led the national movement, spearheaded the fight for independence... to call it a Muslim party does not behove a PM.
He said Modi had "less knowledge of history and writes his own history".
Modi needs to be reminded that Congress presidents such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Lala Lajpat Rai, and Maulana Azad were iconic leaders, he said.
The Congress, he said, was a party "for all Indians and respects the diversity the country has to offer".
"This government has tried time and again to bypass Parliament. They want to get bills approved without the scrutiny of Parliament," he alleged.
The triple talaq bill has already been passed in the Lower House, but remains pending in the Rajya Sabha amid opposition reservations over it.
Sharma also said that he can understand the prime minister's helplessness as he belonged to an ideology, the followers of which had even opposed Mahatma Gandhi.
In fact, after demonetisation and the launch of the GST, crores of people have been thrown below the poverty line, he added.
The Congress leader claimed that 14 crore people were lifted out of the poverty net from 2004 to 2014.
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