Congress demands apology from BJP leader for calling Rahul ‘drug addict’

Bengaluru: Karnataka’s BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel has whipped up a controversy by calling former Congress president Rahul Gandhi a ‘drug addict’ and ‘drug peddler’ during a party event in Hubballi.

While speaking at an event in Hubballi, Kateel claimed his remarks on Rahul were based on media reports. Congress leaders, however, condemned the statement, asking the BJP to sack Kateel.

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar has hit back at the BJP after his counterpart levelled drug use allegations against Kerala MP Rahul Gandhi.

‘Yesterday I said I believe we should be civil and respectful in politics, even to our opponents. I hope the BJP agrees with me, and will apologise for their state president’s abusive and unparliamentary remarks against Rahul Gandhi,’ he said.

Kateel’s comments on Rahul Gandhi comes barely three weeks after he called former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah a ‘terrorist’.


NT Bureau