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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Country feels pain when Lata praises Modi: Cong

PTI  New Delhi, November 02, 2013
First Published: 21:43 IST(2/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:48 IST(2/11/2013)

Congress on Saturday expressed its discomfiture with iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar's praise for BJP's prime ministerial candidate saying the entire country feels pain when something like this comes out from her mouth for an "insensitive" person like Narendra Modi.

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"The entire country respects Lata Mangeshkar. Congress party has always respected her. There is pain and sensitivity in the voice of Lataji...when something like this comes out from her mouth for an insensitive person like Narendra Modi, the entire country feels the pain," party spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das told reporters.

Another Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said personalities popular in art and cultural fields may attract crowds but are not motivators for votes.

"Lataji had been a Rajya Sabha member. She hardly came to Parliament.  She had no interest in politics and was never involved in it.

She had wished from God something for somebody and so no can have objection if someone is wishing for somebody. Her wish should not be taken as a view. Some people are trying to take political advantage of this, which is totally wrong," Afzal said.

Party general Digvijaya Singh, however, refrained from making any comment on iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar praising Modi in Pune on Friday.

"Lata Mangeshkar is our Indian Icon and she is entitled to her political views. We all love her songs," Singh said in his tweet.

After Modi inaugurated a new hospital complex named after her late father Deenanath Mangeshkar at a function in Pune yesterday, Lata had, in a brief address, said "Narendrabhai is like my brother. All of us want to see him become the Prime Minister.

Maharashtra Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said Lata would reconsider her views about Modi after knowing the reality.

"After understanding the reality of Modi's so-called development record and his fraudulent secularism, she would certainly rethink whether a man who is perpetually telling lies should become the Prime Minister," he said.

"Modi and company, through their professional and deluding propaganda machinery, have misled her," Sawant added.


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