Won’t in­sult PM’s par­ents, says Rahul

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation election20­19 -

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi said on Tues­day that while Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in­sulted his fa­ther and grand­par­ents dur­ing cam­paign­ing, he would never speak ill of the PM’s par­ents.

Ad­dress­ing a rally in Mad­hya Pradesh’s Ujjain dis­trict, Gandhi said: “I don’t hate any­one… But Naren­dra Modi ji in­sults my fa­ther. He speaks about my grand­mother and grand­fa­ther. I will die, but will never in­sult his (PM’s) par­ents. This is be­cause I am not a RSS or BJP man; I am a Con­gress­man.”

The Congress would de­feat Modi “with love”, Gandhi added.

The Congress pres­i­dent’s state­ment comes in the back­drop of Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s re­cent at­tacks on the Gandhi fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly on Rahul Gandhi’s fa­ther and for­mer prime min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi.

At a rally in Ut­tar Pradesh on May 4, Modi at­tacked Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, say­ing, “Your fa­ther was termed Mr Clean by his courtiers, but his life ended as cor­rupt no 1.”

Coun­ter­ing the claim made by for­mer chief min­is­ter Shivraj Chouhan dur­ing a rally on May 9, where Chouhan had al­leged that farm­ers were be­ing be­trayed in the name of a loan waiver in Mad­hya Pradesh, Gandhi said even the BJP leader’s kin had re­ceived the ben­e­fit of the loan waivers.

“When farm­ers were killed and you (peo­ple in the re­gion) called me I came here. I promised that the farm­ers loans would be waived and we kept our prom­ise but Modiji says the loan was not waived. Please see this pa­per. The loans of Ni­ran­jan Singh and Ro­hit Singh from (for­mer chief min­is­ter) Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s fam­ily were waived.”

Vice-pres­i­dent of Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit, Vi­jesh Lu­nawat, said, “Rahul Gandhi has re­alised well that Congress is not go­ing to cross the tally of 2014 in Lok Sabha elec­tions and there is no chance of Congress com­ing back to power in 2019 again. That’s why he is tar­get­ing the Prime Min­is­ter in his ev­ery speech to save his chair and po­si­tion in Congress af­ter Lok Sabha polls.”

Rahul Gandhi

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