BJP termed these comments against North Indians and many BJP leaders targeted Gandhi and accused him of being opportunistic while he and his family members won several elections from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
BJP President JP Nadda said in a tweet, “A few days ago he (Gandhi) was in the Northeast, spewing venom against the western part of India. Today, he is spewing venom against the north in the south. Politics of division and governance will not work Rahul Gandhi People have rejected this politics. See what happened in Gujarat today! ”He was indirectly pointing to BJP’s victory in the local civic elections in Gujarat.
Referring to Gandhi’s remarks, Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani called him “a favor” and said that the popular saying about such a person is “Thotha Chana Baje Ghana.” Irani last election I had defeated Gandhi in Amethi, considered his family stronghold, but he had won from Wayanad in Kerala. He also contested from Wayanad.
Another Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “The people of Amethi have given so many opportunities to your whole family. If you are good then people from every part of India are good. ”
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, “See them. The person who ran to Kerala to save his Lok Sabha seat questioned the intelligence of the North Indians, including those who have sincerely voted for their family for generations …. ”
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said, “I come from the south. I am an MP from the western state. I was born, educated and worked in the North. I represented the whole of India in front of the world. India is one. Do not reduce any area. Never divide us. ”
In a meeting organized at the conclusion of the 22-day-long Aishwarya Yatra led by Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly Ramesh Chennithala in Thiruvananthapuram, Gandhi had targeted the Center over three agricultural laws and said the BJP government’s aim was to market the farmers’ market. They have to be destroyed and they do not get the right price for their produce. The Congress leader attacked the central and state governments over the rising fuel prices despite the low oil price in the international market, and claimed that both governments are paying money to the country’s richest people.
Gandhi said that he had learned a lot from Kerala and understood little about the “knowledge of the people” here. Gandhi said in the meeting that recently while talking with some students in America, he said that he “likes to go to Kerala because you like the way you do politics”.
He said, “Recently, I was talking to some students in America and I said that I really like going to Kerala and I like going to Wayanad very much. It is not just because of affection, because affection is of course, but because of the way you do your politics. “He said,” If I say, you do the intelligence with which you do your politics. So for me, it is a learning experience and a pleasure. ”