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Congress hits back over Shah's jibe, says dismiss Jaitley first

Ahmedabad, Dec 6 (IANS): The Congress on Tuesday hit back at BJP President Amit Shah over Ayodhya issue in the apex court, saying if a party is sought to be blamed for a lawyer representing a side in a case, then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should be dismissed for having appeared for Dow Chemicals in the Bhopal gas tragedy case.

"If a lawyer from a political party represents any party (in a case) can attract blame for his party, then will Arun Jaitley be dismissed from the government and also from the party?" Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters here.

He was responding toAmit Shah's latching on to lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal's plea for deferring hearing the Ramjanambhoomi dispute case till after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and asking party Vice President Rahul Gandhi to clear the Congress stand on the Ram temple issue.

Surjewala said Congress' stand on Ayodhya issue has always been clear. "The Ayodhya case will be decided by Supreme Court," he said, adding "BJP is playing the role of Manthara (a character from Ramayana known for negative influence)."

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for raking up "irrelevant issues", the Congress spokesperson asked them instead to give an account of their 22-year rule in poll-bound Gujarat on the issue jobs, farmers' distress, problems of youth and reservation for Patidars.

Modi is reverting to "Mughal Raj", "Aurangzeb", "Tughlaq", Pakistan, Afghanistan, China to divert attention from real issues, Surjewala alleged.

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  • Willie Menda, Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Shot in the arm for Dakoo!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    If only Rahul Gandi was smart in 2014 we could have avoided all these Disasters ...

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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    He is smart, was smart in 2014!

    He let us Indians have the opportunity of tasting the harsh realities of electing a government which does not even spare the undigested food from our bellies.

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  • Willie Menda, Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    He had reserved his smartness for rainy days!!

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    dismiss jaitley, yogi adityanatha, mathi irani, & chaiwala should resign 4 beef lynching. karnataka role model 2 all states. indira canteen, ramya canteen, in coorg estate ashuba canteen.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Rahul has really become smart and matured giving lot of hope to be the decent performing leader

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    He's always been smart comparing to the politicians of the ruling party of course. But the major task of the B- IT cell has been to portray him as a clown to the nation by attributing all old poor Sardar jokes to him. To cover up the bogus Yale degree claim of his rival at Amethi they even spread lies about his qualifications whereas in reality he has a B.A from Rollins college Fla, US and an M. Phil from Cambridge. And unlike PM, he doesn't restrict himself to monologues, he does take questions at the end of his speeches.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Rahul Gandhi has become smart Overnight ...

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