A senior Congress leader and key strategist of party president Rahul Gandhi, CP Joshi, waded into controversy as a leaked video in which he launched a vituperative casteist tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Uma Bharathi and Sadhvi Ritambhara went viral on social media.
In a the video, the Congress leader is seen disparaging the low-caste origin of Prime Minister Modi, Union Cabinet Minister Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Rithambara. He attacked them for talking about Hinduism and said that “only brahmins are learned enough to speak about Hinduism."
“Does anyone know what is the caste of Uma Bharti? What is the caste of Sadhvi Ritambhara? In this country, if anyone knows about religion, it is the pandits and the brahmins," Joshi was heard saying in the video.
He added “It is strange that Uma Bharti, who is of the Lodh samaj is talking about Hindu religion, Sadhviji is of some religion/caste and she is talking about Hindu religion, Narendra Modiji is of some other religion/caste and he is talking about Hindus."
Just a day before, CP Joshi claimed that only a Congress prime minister will have the will to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. Joshi credited his party president’s father and late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with opening the lock of the Babri Masjid premise and allowing religious rites inside the disputed structure.
Joshi is being touted as a prominent ‘Brahmin face’ by the Congress party. He was a cabinet Minister in Manmohan Singh led UPA government and is known to be a trusted lieutenant of party president Rahul Gandhi.