The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “lying” about his caste that he belonged to the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.
BJP leader Amit Malviya, in a post on X, said, “This is a blatant lie. PM Narendra Modi’s caste was notified as an OBC on Oct 27, 1999, a full 2 years before he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat.”
He further accused the entire Nehru-Gandhi family of acting against the OBCs. “The entire Nehru-Gandhi family, starting from Jawaharlal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi, have been against OBCs,” Malviya said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi got his caste notified as an OBC after he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi.
This is a blatant lie. PM Narendra Modi’s caste was notified as an OBC on Oct 27, 1999, a full 2 years BEFORE he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat.… pic.twitter.com/lDU3uJrHwJ
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) February 8, 2024
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at PM Modi for “lying to the world”, saying Modi was not born in the OBC category as he belonged to the general caste. PM Modi will never hold a caste census in the country, he added.
“Narendra Modi OBC paida nahi hue the… aap sab logon ka bhayankar bewakoof banaya ja raha hain…Narendra Modi Teli caste main Gujarat main paida hue the… Unki community ko BJP government ne saal 2000 main OBC banaya… (Narendra Modi was not born as OBC. You are being made a fool of. Modi was born in the Teli caste in Gujarat. The BJP government made his community OBC in 2000,” Gandhi said, addressing a rally at Belpahar in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district during the third day of his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in the state.
He later clarified that Modi belongs to the Modi-Ghanchi caste.
The Congress leader also accused the Prime Minister of lying about his birth. “I don’t need any birth certificate to prove that the Prime Minister was not born as OBC. He never hugs any OBC… never holds hands of any OBC… he never shakes hands with the labourers or farmers. He only holds the hands of Adani ji,” Gandhi said.