Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday over his “three idiots” barb against the ‘Grand Alliance’, saying Modi was making such remarks as he sensed “defeat” in the Bihar polls.
Bihar is in the middle of a crucial election where the BJP is taking on the three-party grand alliance between Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.
Some polls have given the grand alliance a slight edge over the BJP in this election which is seen as a popularity test for the party after its spectacular defeat in the Delhi assembly. Winning Bihar is also crucial for the BJP to pass key reform legislation in the Rajya Sabha, where it does not have the numbers.
“Modiji is seeing his defeat in Bihar. That is why he calls the grand alliance a ‘shaitan’ and ‘three idiots’. But he is the Prime Minister of the country and such language does not behove him,” Gandhi told an election rally as electioneering enters the final two phases in Bihar.
Gandhi’s comments came after Modi launched a blistering attack on the Grand Alliance on Tuesday, comparing it to “three idiots”, and hit back at Nitish who parodied a song from the popular movie to attack the Prime Minister.
Gandhi, who has frequently been attacking the Modi government as a “suit boot ki sarkaar”, accused him of making only big promises to the poor without delivering on them.
“Your jumlas do not quench the hunger, Sahab, the plate of the poor is empty. You are not being able to control the prices of ‘dal-roti’ and you are making big promises to people in election meetings. People will not fall in the trap of your jumlas and promises this time,” he said.
Alleging that Prime Minister’s “remote control is in the hands of the RSS”, he said Modi also had a “plan B to pit one Indian against the other”.
“But this plan has also badly failed in Bihar,” he said, advising the Prime Minister to “stop telling lies and start working for the people of the country like Nitish ji is doing”.
“Let me tell you that our government will be a government for the people and not one belonging to capitalists and people with suit-boot,” he said.