The Congress demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise for calling it a party for Muslim men only and said the remark showed his “sick mentality”.
Terming the Prime Minister a “peddler of untruths”, the Congress also challenged him to discuss his allegations against the opposition party in Parliament during the Monsoon Session beginning July 18.
PM Modi during his speech in Azamgarh on Saturday had come down heavily on the Congress over its stand on triple talaq, asking if it was a party for Muslim men alone.
“The Prime Minister has continuously hurt the dignity of his office. We strictly oppose what he said on Sunday. It shows his sick mentality and twisted mindset,” senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said.
“His sick mindset is an issue of national concern. The Prime Minister gives out statements which are wrong as per history and facts and he should apologise for the same,” Mr Sharma said.
Anand Sharma said PM Modi had “less knowledge of history and writes his own history”.
The Prime Minister had on Saturday said the opposition was stonewalling the government’s efforts to secure the life of women, especially Muslim women.
The triple talaq bill has already been passed in the Lower House, but remains pending in the Rajya Sabha amid opposition reservations over it.
Replying to a question, Mr Sharma said, “Since when has (PM) Modi become the protector of women… The state (Uttar Pradesh) in which he was speaking is witnessing rapes daily. Even on Sunday when he was giving the speech, a woman was gang-raped in a temple and burnt alive… what action has he taken?”
He said Parliament enjoys certain privileges and the Congress would demand answers from the prime minister in the House for making wrong statements.
“The Congress does not need certification of nationalism from somebody who are the descendants of not only non-participants of the freedom movement but also active collaborators of the British,” he said.
The Congress also alleged the Modi government provided false data about the uplifting people from below poverty line.
The prime minister’s claim that five crore people have been lifted out of poverty in two years was “laughable”, Mr Sharma said.
In fact, after demonetisation and the launch of the GST, crores of people have been thrown below the poverty line, he added.
The Congress leader claimed that 14 crore people were lifted out of the poverty net from 2004 to 2014.