Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday strongly disapproved of senior party leader CP Joshi’s statement, that reportedly appeared in a video on Thursday, suggesting that only Brahmins could speak about Hindus. Rahul Gandhi said that CP Joshi’s statement was against the ideals of the Congress party and asked him to express regret. CP Joshi duly apologised in a tweet saying, "Out of respect for the Congress' beliefs and workers' sentiment, I apologise if my comments hurt any section of the society."
Expressing displeasure over Joshi’s statement, Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, which roughly translated to, “CP Joshi's comment is in stark opposition to the values of Congress party. Party leaders should not make statements which can hurt sentiments of any section. I am sure Joshi ji will realise his mistake, keeping party's principles in mind. He should regret his statement.”
सी पी जोशी जी का बयान कांग्रेस पार्टी के आदर्शों के विपरीत है। पार्टी के नेता ऐसा कोई बयान न दें जिससे समाज के किसी भी वर्ग को दुःख पहुँचे।
कांग्रेस के सिद्धांतों, कार्यकर्ताओं की भावना का आदर करते हुए जोशीजी को जरूर गलती का अहसास होगा। उन्हें अपने बयान पर खेद प्रकट करना चाहिए।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 23, 2018
In a video tweeted by Gujarat BJP MLA Harsh Sanghavi, the Congress leader is heard slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Rithambara for speaking about Hinduism.
Shameful statement by Congress Leader CP Joshi. Implies what does a lower caste person like Modi know about Hinduism as only Brahmins are true custodians of Hinduism ! pic.twitter.com/JKhoKdYnnx— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) November 22, 2018
"Uma Bharti is a Lodhi, and she talks about Hinduism, Modi ji talks about Hinduism. It's only Brahmins who don't talk about it. In 50 years they have lost their mind. The country is being misled... Religion and governance are two different things. Everyone has the right to practice their religion," Joshi said in the video.
They say a Congressi can't be a Hindu, who gave them the authority to issue certificates? Have they opened a university? If anyone knows about religion then its pandits/brahmins: CP Joshi, Congress in Rajasthan's Nathdwara (21.11.18) pic.twitter.com/jbIGAqwAFi— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2018
Uma Bharti is a Lodhi, and she talks about Hinduism, Modi ji talks about Hinduism. Its only Brahmins who don't talk about it. The country is being misled. Religion and governance are 2 different things. Everyone has the right to practice their religion: CP Joshi, Congress https://t.co/dD3Umquyo4— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2018
However, Joshi has accused the BJP of twisting his statement and condemned its “fabricated use”, according to Hindustan Times. Gandhi, however, appeared unconvinced.