BJP mocks Rahul Gandhi's return, says he is 'confused'

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2015 20:10 IST

BJP on Thursday greeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's return with sarcasm and asked him to tell the people whether or not he wanted to continue in politics.

Noting that he has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra offered his "congratulations" to Congress upon Rahul's return and said that the vice president and his party were both confused as to their future.

"He (Rahul) is confused. He does not know what he wants to do with his life, whether he wants to continue in politics. He has to answer to the people.

"Congress is confused because it does not know what it has to do with Rahul, whether to elevate him or marginalise him," Patra said as he spoke about a "vertical split" in the party.

Congress has become a "rudderless ship" and is suffering from a "leadership crisis", he said.

"This is the first time in Indian politics that an important member of a political party was absconding for such a long time that his return has become news. This is news for all the wrong reasons," Patra said.

Union minister and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was a "concern" for Congress that Rahul was making news for his "disappearance" and "appearance".

Meanwhile, Congress leaders voiced confidence that Rahul will provide leadership with dynamism and commitment and take pro-active measures.

"He is back and I have no doubt that he will be not only taking proactive measures but also with dynamism, with commitment provide leadership," Congress leader Anand Sharma said, adding that farmers' issue has been close to Rahul's heart.

Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, a party allied to BJP, said it was high time that the Congress scion stopped worrying about the country and his party and started thinking about himself.

Rahul on Thursday returned home from his 57-day sabbatical, which had raised questions over his leadership of the party that is struggling to find its feet after a string of electoral defeats.

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