Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has once against courted controversy and sparking off a Congress vs BJP spat . During his interaction at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Rahul Gandhi said, “Muslim League is a completely secular party. There is nothing non-secular about Muslim League. I think the person (who sent the question) has not studied the Muslim League.” Rahul Gandhi is on a 10- day US visit.
#WATCH | Washington, DC: …” Muslim League is a completely secular party, there is nothing non-secular about the Muslim League…”: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on being asked about Congress’s alliance with Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala pic.twitter.com/wXWa7t1bb0
— ANI (@ANI) June 1, 2023
The Gandhi scion’s comment found support with Kerala Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala when asked told ANI< “Definitely, IUML (Indian Union Muslim League) is a secular party. They believe in secularism, they fight for secularism and they are against fascist movements. So, whatever Rahul Gandhi said is 100% correct.”
However, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was not happy with Rahul Gandhi’s remarks . Slamming the comment he tweeted with a question asking “Jinnah’s Muslim League is a secular party? The party responsible for India’s partition on religious lines is a secular party? Extremely unfortunate that some people in India still consider the person who supports the Muslim League as Secular!”
Another Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel told ANI in his reaction , “The mindset that calls the Muslim League ‘secular’ is dangerous. I don’t take Rahul Gandhi’s ignorant statement seriously but Congress tendency…I believe that be it Congress or Rahul Gandhi – if they say Muslim League is secular, they are sowing seeds of division…”