Adding to the voices back home that Rahul Gandhi's statements in Bahrain against the Modi administration's policies were irresponsible, National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah said that when overseas, leaders should focus on "building strength" irrespective of what the "views" of a political party is.
The Congress president further said, "India's main problem today is the failure of our government to create jobs".
"I am not only surprised but amused at the kind of statements being made by the president of the Congress party".
'Congress President Rahul Gandhi met Prince Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Al Wadi Palace. "Rahul Gandhi's attempt to malign India's image on foreign soil is highly shameful", he said at a press conference.
Accusing the Congress of having "double standards", Prasad said: "For the longest time, the politics of hate and communalism has been practised by the Congress".
"[Rahul Gandhi's] speech shows that that he or his associates haven't done their homework". In his address - the first since he took over as the Congress chief - he said the government is dividing people on the basis of caste and religion and that it was channeling the fear unemployed youth have into a "hatred between communities".
Responding to a question from the audience, Rahul also pin-pointed three key policy sectors he would focus on, if he was in power.
"The party that can not take a stand on women rights, dignity and honour is trying to teach us on foreign soil".
"I want to ask Rahul Gandhi - is the Congress stand on the triple talaq bill spreading love or hatred?" He said he was confident of a victory for his party in the 2019 general elections, noting that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had managed to scrape through in the recent Gujarat Assembly elections. From Shah Bano to Shayara Bano, the Congress has not changed its attitude in 31 years.