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Have to wait and watch for Modi's avatar II: Digvijaya

PTI  Chennai, June 06, 2014
First Published: 16:36 IST(6/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:23 IST(23/6/2014)

Days after his party colleague Shashi Tharoor observed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking an 'avatar of modernity and progress', senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday said it was too early to say anything about him and one has to wait and watch the government.

"After the elections, he has to reach out to the people. What will be Avatar II, we have to wait and watch. It is too early and premature to say anything right now," he told reporters in Chennai.

When reporters drew his attention to Tharoor's observations on the functioning of Modi, he said, "It has not even been a month since Modi became Prime Minister."

Read: Cong distances itself from Tharoor's Modi praise

Justifying party colleague and former railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge becoming leader of opposition in Parliament he said, "Mallikarjun Kharge is a senior political leader. He has never lost an election in his life. He has become an MP nine times. He has a standing."

"He (Kharge) has been a senior minister. Kharge has also been in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet. He is a seasoned politician. That's why he has been made leader of opposition," Singh added.

The former Madhya Pradesh CM also condemned the abduction of Jesuit priest Fr Alexis Premkumar reportedly by Taliban militants in Herat province of Afghanistan early this week and sought the intervention of the Centre and Prime Minister Modi to secure his safe release.


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