After Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said that PM Modi-led government has "started war on the country", Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that Sonia "was shedding crocodile tears for students".
Sitharaman added that even under Indira Gandhi's rule, students "were sent to Tihar Jail". This comes amid protests by students across India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Sitharaman said Gandhi's remarks on the government were irresponsible and motivated.
The Finance Minister also questioned Congress's record in defending students, asking was it not under former PM Indira Gandhi's rule that the students of a central university in Delhi had sent to Tihar Jail.
Police had entered the university that time and a whole academic year had declared null and void, the BJP leader said. Rejecting the statement, saying it had made for political gains, Sitharaman questioned what has the Congress done to punish the perpetrators of mob violence during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Sitharaman said as a responsible opposition party, it is incumbent Gandhi to call on all to maintain peace and calm and ensure that the Congress party "does not provoke violence".