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BJP Dares Rahul Gandhi To Expel Congress Leader Over Remark On Amit Shah’s Illness

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| January 18 , 2019 , 13:22 IST

The BJP lashed out Congress over a senior leader BK Hariprasad remark on Amit Shah's health condition, daring party president Rahul Gandhi to expel him as the general secretary.

The BJP said that if Congress' BK Hariprasad will not be dismissed, it would reflect that his comments were supported by Rahul Gandhi.

Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP BK Hariprasad mocked at BJP president Amit Shah’s illness calling it ‘suar ka zukam’ and stoked a new controversy on Thursday.

Hariprasad said that the people of Karnataka cursed BJP president and therefore he is suffering from ‘suar ka zukam’.

He said that Shah's illness was a "curse for meddling in Karnataka politics" and added that the more he interferes in the state's politics, the sicker he will fall.

BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao accused the Congress of supporting such "toxic" comments.

"The Congress always has two faces. On one side is Rahul Gandhi and on the other, you have people like Hariprasad with toxic comments. Their behavior is widely known to the people," Rao said.

"If they really want to disapprove of his remarks, Rahul Gandhi must sack him or ask him to publicly apologize," he added.

Several other BJP leaders also slammed Hariprasad on the issue.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal said, "The kind of ugly and indecent comments Congress MP B K Hariprasad have made about BJP president Amit Shah's health show the standards of the Congress. Flu is curable but it is difficult to cure Congress leaders' mental illness.”

"This is a completely abhorrent and ugly statement. They don't even have the basic decency as to how to react to a person's illness," Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore described the remarks as a "cheap statement" but added that he was not surprised to see Congress leaders completely abandon decency and dignity. Such comments also show the frustration of the Congress leadership, he added.

Another party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain described Hariprasad's remarks as "shameful", saying this is the real face of the Congress.

BJP Media Department head Anil Baluni said Shah is recovering well and will be discharged in a day or two.

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Party spokesperson Sambit Patra said Hariprasad's remarks show double standards of the Congress.

Shah was admitted to New Delhi's AIIMS on Wednesday due to a swine flu infection.