NEW DELHI : Union Minister Smriti Irani on Monday slammed Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for alleging there was chaos and lawlessness in BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and said there was "no public support" for Congress. "As you all know law and order is a state issue, and as a representative of the central government, I can only indicate to the same," she said to respond to the lynching of people in Jharkhand and Rajasthan.
"But the political onslaught that (Rahul) Gandhi seeks to reckon .... I think is something which is, given their own track record, falling short of an attack which has people's support," she said.
She also assured that both the state governments are taking very strict action as possible under the law to ensure that culprits are apprehended and brought to justice.
Irani's remarks came after the Congress leader on Monday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the lynching of seven persons, including four Muslims, suspected of being child-lifters and other cases of lynching in Rajasthan, UP and Haryana.
"From Rajasthan to UP, Haryana and now Jharkhand, BJP ruled states are descending into chaos and lawlessness. Will the PM (Prime Minister) answer?" Gandhi said in a tweet on Monday.