Days after criticizing Congressman Rahul Gandhi, BJP MP and lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani on Tuesday attacked Jairam Ramesh and referred to him as a "Chinese pet." Jethmalani said that the Congressman has been advocating for the restricted Chinese telecom businesses since 2005 while quoting from Ramesh's book.
"It's quite evident that Jairam Ramesh is a Chinese pet. I sent the Indian government a link where the Chinese were applauding him and urging them to pay attention to what he was saying. I worry that he is undermining India's stance on delicate border problems as a frightened Indian," the lawyer told the news agency ANI.
"I'm worried that, for someone with such a history, if it was done in good faith as an MP, then there was nothing improper. But it seems like you (Jairam Ramesh) are siding with China and against India. Are you speaking out of real concern for India or out of a self-serving desire?"
In a tweet earlier in the day, Jethmalani said that Jairam should reveal his connections to Huawei for criticizing the Centre's stance on China.
Jethmalani's comments also come at a time when senior Congressman Digvijay Singh is under fire for his statements about the 2016 surgical strike.
Digvijaya Singh, a senior Congressman, was criticized earlier on Monday by the Bharatiya Janata Party for questioning the Indian Armed Forces regarding the 2016 surgical strike and for allegedly "echoing Pakistan's narrative" regarding the 2019 Pulwama terror attack, which resulted in the deaths of 40 members of the CRPF.
At a news conference for the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Singh said that the government was spreading falsehoods since the Centre has not yet submitted a report to Parliament about the 2016 surgical strike or the 2019 Pulwama terror incident.
The Congress distanced itself from Singh's remarks, claiming that they "do not represent the perspective" of the party and that they "are his own."