Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday accused Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi of insulting the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by skipping the farewell dinner hosted in the latter’s honour in New Delhi.
“It was farewell for Rahul Gandhi as well (and) not just (for) the Prime Minister,” Raut said when asked about the Congress scion not attending the dinner which was hosted by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday night.
In a dig, the Shiv Sena spokesperson said that Rahul Gandhi mostly lives abroad and comes to India for holidays.
“After May 16, he will have to go again,” Raut said citing exit polls that have predicted a rout for Congress and victory for BJP.
Rahul, who spearheaded the Congress’ election campaign in just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, was conspicuous by his absence at the function, raising eyebrows in political circles.
According to reports, Rahul has probably gone abroad to take a break after a long period of campaigning and may return before counting of votes tomorrow.
When asked about Shiv Sena’s role in the next government if NDA comes to power, Raut said all decisions will be taken after results are out.
Here are some of the political reactions:
Rahul Gandhi is a foreigner, he comes to India for a holiday. When he is done, goes back to his foreign home: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena
Rahul Gandhi’s absence baffles me, he should’ve matured by now: Ashutosh on Rahul Gandhi missing PM’s farewell dinner
Like Sonia Gandhi insulted SitaramKesri, Rahul Gandhi insulted PM Manmohan Singh by missing the farewell dinner :Tarun Vijay, BJP
A PM for 10 years when relinquishing his office deserves a befitting farewell, Rahul Gandhi should have been there: Capt. Abhimanyu, BJP