New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday came down heavily upon Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi on their silence on the Hoshiarpur (Punjab) rape case.
Sitharaman said, ” A six-year-old child of a migrant labourer from Bihar — a Dalit — is raped, is killed, body half burnt; and it doesn’t shake the conscience of the brother and sister pair who rushed to every other chosen site, which they think can help them politically.”
The Union Minister was referring to the double standard of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi who tried to create a fuss by marching in Hathras to meet the victim’s family and now on their silence.
She said, “The enthusiasm with which almost as though they were going for a picnic, the brother and sister pair which ran towards an unfortunate site where something had happened… Of course, you’re well within your right to go and raise the issue, and demand justice for the family. But why not in Hoshiarpur? Why not if it (the crime takes place) is Rajasthan?
“The selective outrage that the Congress party wants to show when it is elsewhere but not in their respective governed states, is completely exposed.”
Questioning the silence of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Sitharaman said, “Didn’t you check it out when you had a joint campaign with the Congress leader in Bihar? Are you not answerable to that family in Bihar…?”