New Delhi: Stung by the win of Ahmed Patel in Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, Union textiles minister launched a scathing attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi using latter’s speech in Lok Sabha on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. Irani termed Sonia’s speech as "conceited" and "partisan".
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Irani said that Sonia’s speech was a "pitiable lament" on the falling fortunes on the Nehru-Gandhi family post the 2014 elections. Irani said that Congress President’s speech only highlighted the contribution of Congress party and its leaders while omitting contribution of many others.
"Sonia Gandhi's address, unfortunately, smacked of a deeply self-righteous tone. It attributed greatness only to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, whose family she belongs to. Her partisan approach was obvious in the exclusion of the names of both Subhas Chandra Bose and Vallabhbhai Patel from her speech," Irani wrote in the Facebook post.
"Bent upon proving that blood is thicker than water, she (Sonia Gandhi) dwelt at length only on Nehru and his stint in jail. Such assertions that challenge the memory and sense of history of Indians are entirely conceited and inward-looking," Irani added.
Irani's post is being seen as a reaction to Sonia’s jibe at BJP's ideological mentor RSS in her speech in which Sonia had said that “some organisations had opposed the Quit India movement” and had not played a role in the freedom struggle.