Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi came in for sharp criticism Tuesday for saying that poverty was a “state of mind”.
Political leaders here said the statement made in Allahabad showed how much the Gandhi scion was cut off from the ground reality.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttar Pradesh spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said Gandhi’s statement smacked of arrogance.
“This is not only sad but also makes mockery of the poor,” Pathak told.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui said the Congress leader was ignorant and did not know the ground situation.
“He comes from a billionaire family and many generations in the Gandhi Nehru family have not seen poverty even from a distance. So they cannot be blamed for their poor knowledge,” he said.