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Serial slip ups, Modi calls Mahatma by wrong name

PTI  Dudu (Rajasthan), November 20, 2013
First Published: 19:15 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 13:29 IST(21/11/2013)

After repeatedly getting his history wrong in the past, BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi has now gone wrong with Mahatma Gandhi’s name — he mispronounced the Father of the Nation’s first name, calling him Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi instead of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

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“Towards the end of his life, Mahatma Gandhi had a wish which was not fulfilled. Would you fulfill that wish? Would you fulfill Gandhi's wish? Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi...," he said at a rally in Dudu on Tuesday.

This is not the first time the BJP leader has goofed up while making a speech. He had recently mixed up the names of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerji and revolutionary Shyamaji Krishna Verma.

Addressing a gathering in, Modi had said, “Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a revolutionary. He died in 1930 in London. But the Congress never bothered to bring back his ashes to the country.”

Going by the facts, the revolutionary Modi was referring to was Shyamji Krishna Verma, a freedom fighter, lawyer and a journalist.

Mookerjee was the founder of the Jan Sangh, which was later transformed into the BJP. He died in a Jammu and Kashmir prison on June 23, 1953 - 45 days after being detained for entering the state without a permit.

He also landed in a tight spot while making a speech in Patna recently.

At the October 27 Patna rally — held hours after serial blasts rocked the Bihar capital — Modi had said, “When we are reminded of the Gupta Dynasty, we are reminded of Chandragupta's rajneeti.”

Bihar chief minister and Modi's political rival, Nitish Kumar, had replied saying, “The BJP has amazing grasp of history. They should know Chandragupta was of Maurya dynasty, not of Gupta dynasty.”


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