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Opp leaders acting like clowns… Rahul should seek cameraman’s job: Nadda on Dhankhar mimicry row

Hitting out at opposition leaders over “mimicry” of Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in Parliament, BJP national president JP Nadda on Wednesday said people sent them to Parliament to do debate but they are instead acting like  “clowns”.

Asking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to “apply for the job of a cameraman in the studio of BJP MP and Bhojpuri film actor Ravi Kishan”, Nadda said, “Yeh haalat ho gayi hai Congress ki aj kal, ki cameraman ka kaam sambhaal liya hai (the situation of the Congress has become such that he has taken up the job of a cameraman).”

Gandhi was reportedly seen making a video of Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee allegedly mimicking Dhankhar on Tuesday.

Calling it a “sad incident”, Nadda said, “You must have seen what happened in Parliament yesterday. You send leaders to Parliament to do debate, but they are acting like clowns instead of debating and have taken up mimicry.”

Nadda was in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti district to participate in the ‘Saansad Khel Mahakumbh’ event along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other leaders.

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Taking a dig at Gandhi, Nadda said, “When an MP was doing mimicry of the Vice President, who was sitting at a constitutional position in Parliament, the Congress leader was making his video. Today, he (Rahul) has taken over the job of cameraman. I met our MP Ravi Kishan ji in Gorakhpur, and he said there is a vacancy for a cameraman in his Bhojpuri studio. If he takes the exam, he can be considered for the post.”

Criticising the Congress, Nadda said, “Indian National Congress, which is said to have over 100-year-old history, makes a video of someone doing mimicry of the Vice-President sitting on the constitutional post. He (Dhankhar) is a leader of backwards and son of a Jat.”

“Rahul Gandhi does not remember OBC at this time. They used to talk of ‘pichchda’. The son of a farmer, the son of Jat, who represents the OBC, is insulted today and is being made fun of. Will India tolerate such people? Should there be any place for such people in politics…this is the condition of Congress,” Nadda said.

Nadda said these leaders give the slogan of “Modi Hatao” while Prime Minister Narendra Modi says “Desh Bachao”, and urged the people to remove such leaders in the 2024 elections and support Modi for development.

Condemning the behaviour of opposition MPs towardsDhankharm, Adityanath in a post on X said, “The unparliamentary, indecent and inexcusable conduct of the opposition towards the honourable vice president and chairman of the Rajya Sabha Jagdeep Dhankhar in the parliament premises is not only undemocratic but also reflects their bad manners.” The CM added, “This act, full of arrogance and hatred towards the people holding constitutional posts, is extremely shameful. I strongly condemn this act which insults parliamentary dignity.”

Later in the day, Nadda participated in a ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalpa Yatra’ event in Gorakhpur along with Adityanath.

In Gorakhpur, Nadda exhorted his party workers to maintain the momentum generated by the party’s victory in recent assembly polls in three states till the Lok Sabha elections slated for early next year.

Addressing party workers in Gorakhpur, he said, “As political workers, we all aspire to win elections, but such opportunities were rare in the past. At that time, winning was like capturing a fortress from which victory seemed unexpected. But under the successful leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and its workers have changed the game.”

— With PTI Inputs

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