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The Congress on Sunday accused BJP’s prime ministerial face Narendra Modi of being “anti-national” for projecting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in poor light over the “village woman” row.delhi Updated: Sep 30, 2013 00:30 IST
The Congress on Sunday accused BJP’s prime ministerial face Narendra Modi of being “anti-national” for projecting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in poor light over the “village woman” row.
The Congress hit back after Modi raked up reports that Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif had purportedly called Singh a “dehati aurat” (village woman) before journalists at a breakfast meeting in the US.
What’s more, Modi suggested Sharif had found the audacity to do so because Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had “insulted” Singh by trashing an ordinance passed by the cabinet.
Condemning Modi for the remarks, Congress said it did not behove of the prime ministerial candidate of an opposition party to use such language against the PM.
“It is anti-national and needs to be strongly condemned. He needs to apologise to the nation for what he said,” Ajay Maken, head of the Congress media department, told reporters.
Maken said Modi, while addressing a rally in Delhi, went by the views of a Pakistani journalist. “Modi, who claims to be a nationalist, does not believe in Indian journalists and spreads a false story of a Pakistani journalist before the whole nation… Modi has put forth Pakistan’s views before the nation”.
Maken said it was sad that Modi chose a time to show the PM in poor light when he was abroad.
Another Congress leader, Rashid Alvi, dismissed Modi’s charge that Gandhi had undermined the PM’s authority by attacking the ordinance designed to shield convicted lawmakers.
“Rahul Gandhi had not even mentioned the name of the Prime Minister. He had only expressed his views regarding the ordinance. He did not even ask the government to withdraw it,” Alvi said, alleging that it was Modi who was “denigrating” Singh.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit also attacked Modi. “Look at the content and tone in which he spoke. I think it is utterly despicable.”
The Congress also slammed Modi for his caustic remarks on Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
The Delhi Congress dared him to fight the coming assembly election against the CM.
Tearing into Modi, the CM’s cabinet colleague Raj Kumar Chauhan said, “He is a divisive figure. If he has guts then he should contest assembly election against Sheila Dikshit. His politics is to divide the society. So people of Delhi will not accept such communal politics.”