Rahul’s re­buke to Pitroda a drama: PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day said Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s re­buke to his party leader Sam Pitroda for his ‘hua toh hua’ re­mark on the 1984 anti-Sikh ri­ots was just an elec­tion stunt.

“As soon as polls in Pun­jab are over, he ( Rahul Gandhi) will once again start hug­ging his guru (Pitroda),” the Prime Min­is­ter said while ad­dress­ing a rally in favour of BJP Lok Sabha can­di­date Kir­ron Kher in Chandi­garh. Modi also said Mani Shankar Ai­yar’s ex­pul­sion from the Congress party for his ‘Neech’ re­mark against him was a ‘drama.

’“They did a drama by ex­pelling him from the party. Af­ter some time, they took him back,” said Modi.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day said Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s pub­lic re­buke to his party leader Sam Pitroda for his ‘hua to hua’ re­mark on the 1984 an­tiSikh ri­ots was a mere stunt in view of the elec­tions in Pun­jab where polling is sched­uled to be held on May 19.

Ad­dress­ing an elec­tion rally in Chandi­garh, Modi said, ‘Hua to hua’ (so what, if it hap­pened) is part of Congress cul­ture and the re­buke was only an elec­toral com­pul­sion.”

He added, “Mein dawe ke saath ke­hta hu ki agar aaj Pun­jab mein chu­nav na hote to naam­dar apne guru ko ek shabd bhi nahi ke­hete, ek shabad bhi bolne ka natak nahi karte. (I am sure if there were no elec­tions in Pun­jab then the dy­nast would not have ut­tered a sin­gle word against his guru (re­fer­ring to Pitroda), would not have pre­tended to a speak a word).”

In a thinly dis­guised ref­er­ence to for­mer min­is­ter and Congress leader Mani Shankar Ai­yar call­ing him “neech admi”, Modi said, “Re­mem­ber dur­ing the Gu­jarat elec­tions an im­por­tant min­is­ter in their gov­ern­ment had said, ‘Modi neech hein neech’. Some­body said, ‘Modi neech jat se hein’. This cre­ated a ma­jor storm in Gu­jarat, and they pre­tended to oust him from the party. But af­ter few days he was brought back).”

Stat­ing that this would re­peat in Pun­jab too as soon as elec­tions are over, Modi said, “He will hug his guru (Pitroda) im­me­di­ately af­ter Pun­jab elec­tions. The per­son who abused me in Gu­jarat, yes­ter­day again used the foulest words against me. The Congress doesn’t con­sider it wrong what he did.”

He also slammed the Congress for fail­ing to de­liver jus­tice to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot vic­tims.

RAVI KU­MAR/HT

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­dress­ing a rally in sup­port of BJP can­di­date Kir­ron Kher in Chandi­garh on Tues­day.

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