A day after Congress leader RPN Singh joined the BJP, his former party colleague Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday took a dig at the ruling party with a rhyme and a quip on the BJP’s catchphrase of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat‘ (Congress-free India), saying it was now “Congress-yukt BJP” (Congress-powered BJP).
Just weeks ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Mr Singh quit the Congress party on Tuesday and joined the BJP, in the latest setback for the grand old party.
A union minister during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s second term, the 57-year-old leader joined the BJP at the party headquarters, evoking a sharp reaction from Congress leaders, including its spokesperson Supriya Shrinate, who called him a “coward”.
On Wednesday, Mr Tharoor took to Twitter to say in Hindi, “‘Chorh kar ja rahe hain ghar apna, shayad unke kuch aur sapne hain, ab udhar bhi sab apna sa hai, ab udhar bhi toh sabhi apne hain. (Congress-yukt BJP)'” The tweet roughly translates to: “He is leaving his home, maybe he has other dreams; now there also it feels homely, there also are our own people”.
Responding to Mr Tharoor, national spokesperson of the Congress Pawan Khera said in a tweet in Hindi: “One who couldn’t be true to his ideology, cannot be our own.” Borrowing the essence of the ‘Bhagwad Gita’, Mr Khera said, “Have to defeat those who divide people in 80-20, O Arjun; don’t look for your people there, don’t look for dreams there.”
After joining the BJP, Mr Singh praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said the Congress is not the same party where he worked for 32 years and that he wants to contribute to the nation’s development as well.