Won’t insult PM’s parents, says Rahul
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.”