Maharashtra Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashish Deshmukh on Thursday said that the party will hold protests across the state against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for the latter`s remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not born in an OBC family, reported the PTI.
PM Modi was born in a family that belonged to the general caste and he was `misleading` people by identifying himself as part of the Other Backward Classes, Rahul Gandhi had reportedly claimed in Odisha and Chhattisgarh during his ongoing `Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra`, according to the PTI.
“Rahul Gandhi`s statement is an insult to the entire OBC community,” Ashish Deshmukh, who is the chief of the Maharshtra unit of the BJP OBC Morcha, said in a press conference in Nagpur.
“The Maharashtra BJP OBC Morcha will stage an agitation at Sanvidhan Square here and in all talukas and districts of the state at 11 am on Friday,” he said.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Thursday rubbished as “blatant lie” Rahul Gandhi`s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi got his caste included in the list of Other Backward Classes in Gujarat when he was the state`s chief minister, the PTI reported.
“This is a blatant lie. PM Narendra Modi`s caste was notified as an OBC on Oct 27, 1999, a full two years before he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat,” BJP IT department head Amit Malviya posted on X and shared the weblink of the official notification, as per the PTI.
“The entire Nehru-Gandhi family, starting from Jawaharlal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi, have been against OBCs,” he said.
In a speech in Odisha, Rahul Gandhi claimed that PM Modi was not born in an OBC family and is misleading people by identifying himself as an OBC.
“Modi ji has been misleading the people by saying that he is an OBC… He changed his caste to OBC after becoming the CM of Gujarat. Therefore, Modi ji is not an OBC by birth,” the Congress MP from Wayanad alleged, as per the news agency.
Rahul Gandhi also alleged that the prime minister does not shake hands with OBCs, but “hugs billionaires”, the PTI reported.
(with PTI inputs)