The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance on Sunday claimed that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had yet again goofed-up on historical facts and challenged his claim that Maharashtra has seen 26 chief ministers since 1960.
Although there was no unanimity on the actual figure with NCP saying the figure was much less at 17, the Congress claimed it was around 19.
Modi in his address at the rally at BKC in Mumbai had pointed out that Gujarat had 14 CMs since 1960 while Maharashtra had 26, to compare the political stability in both the states.
“Modi’s knowledge of history has been proved to be weak yet again. Or he is just someone who is used to distorting facts,” said Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson.
“This whole bid to show how Gujarat has better political stability than Maharashtra as it had only 14 Chief Ministers is plain stupid. First, because Maharashtra did not have 26 but had 19 CMs out which one Vasantrao Naik was CM for 11 years. And, secondly any credit for political stability in both states goes to Congress since BJP’s existence came about only in 1980,” said Congress spokesperson Ratnakar Mahajan.
The alliance also picked holes in other issues in Modi’s speech besides questioning the source of funding for such grand rallies and the source of Rs 25 crore that was handed over by state BJP as election fund to its central leadership.
However, the state BJP denied that Modi made any historical goof-ups, stating that Maharashtra had seen 26 chief ministers in the past. BJP leader said union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar was the CM of the state at least 3 times, others like late Vilasrao Deshmukh was in the job at least twice. “If we count this then the figure comes to 26. We are not wrong and Congress-NCP have got their facts distorted,’’ said city BJP chief Ashish Shelar.