Cong, JD-U join hands to slam Modi
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi’s expression of his desire to “repay his debt to Bharat Mata”, the clearest indication yet of his intention to run for prime minister, drew sharp criticism from rival Congress as well as ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U).
A day after the Gujarat chief minister’s remark, the Congress questioned his secular credentials while the JD-U said he could serve the country just as well by serving his state instead of hankering after the “Delhi crown”.
“I often worry about the Gujarat CM’s statements. I hope he does not want to do in the rest of India what he did in Gujarat in 2002,” said Union minister Manish Tewari, a loaded reference to the communal riots that Modi just has- n’t managed to shake off.
His party colleague Rashid Alvi appeared to compare Modi with Yamraj, the Hindu god of death. Asked if Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi had Modi in mind when he said at a CII meeting on Thursday that no “guy on a horse” would come charging through to fix India’s problems, the AICC spokesman responded: “Had he intended to indicate Modi, he wouldn’t have referred to somebody riding a horse but to somebody riding a buffalo (Yamraj’s vehicle). Rahul spoke about somebody on a horse, he must have been referring to a messiah.”
For the BJP, the barb brought back memories of Sonia Gandhi’s “maut ka saudagar (merchant of death)” comment in the 2007 Gujarat elections campaign.
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