Attacking Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ remark against Narendra Modi, Union minister M Venkaiah Nadu said on Sunday he was using the PM’s name to remain in news.
Naidu termed Gandhi’s speech as “childish and immature”. “Now he (Rahul) is also talking about suit-boot (suit boot ki sarkar), forgetting his grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) used to wear suit-boot, forgetting his father (Rajiv Gandhi) used to wear suit-boot. Are you criticising your grandfather and father? Are you ridiculing them?” the minister of parliamentary affairs said.
“Please think before you speak, there should be some maturity in what you speak. Don’t be childish and immature. Making such cheap comments against the Prime Minister of the country - on a personal dress...” Naidu said.
Gandhi on Saturday asked the people of Bihar to be wary of PM Modi and his “suited-booted friends who may take away their land in the name of development”.
On Sunday, pointing out the suit presented to the PM was auctioned and the money was used for a public purpose, Naidu said: “I don’t know who is writing his script, who is writing the speech, but they are misleading him.” “Words for the poor and deeds for the rich had been policy of the Congress over the years,” he added.
Painting Modi and the BJP-led NDA as a “club of the rich”, Gandhi had said: “While the Mahatma shed his suit and donned a dhoti as he led the poor farmers, Modi who claimed to have started as a chaiwala (tea seller) started wearing Rs 15 lakh suit after becoming Prime Minister.”