BJP’s bigotry damaged India’s standing globally: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, June 07 (KMS): Congress former chief Rahul Gandhi hit out at India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), alleging that its bigotry not only isolated India, but also damaged the country’s position globally.

The key Opposition leader’s comments come amidst India faces a chorus of diplomatic outrage from Gulf countries following derogatory references to Prophet Muhammad (peace  be upon him) by two now-suspended BJP spokespersons.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “Divided internally, India becomes weak externally. BJP’s shameful bigotry has not only isolated us, but also damaged India’s standing globally.”

Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also pointed out that it was not domestic criticism but international backlash that had pushed the BJP to take action against the two functionaries. “Domestic criticism did not impel the BJP to act against the two spokespersons. It was only the international backlash that pushed the BJP to take action,” he said.

“Mrs Nupur Sharma and Mr Naveen Kumar were not the original creators of the Islamophobia. Remember, they were trying to be more loyal than the king,” Chidambaram tweeted.

Indian ambassadors to Qatar, Kuwait and Iran on Sunday were summoned by the foreign ministries of the respective countries over derogatory remarks by Nupur Sharma, a leader from its ruling party BJP against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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