Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday accused Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi here of belittling the Prime Minister to look big.
Rahul's stating that the ordinance on convicted lawmakers was "fit to be torn up and trashed" was a stage-managed show, said Majithia. "It was to project Rahul as Yuvraj (heir apparent) of the Congress but it was in bad taste. He did not even think twice before subjecting the PM, a loyalist and senior citizen, to humiliation," he added.
Majithia made the statement during a media interaction at Naujwan Chetna Rally of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) youth wing in Ludhiana. He also stated that belittling the PM hours before his diplomatic meeting with US President Barack Obama was an embarrassment for not only Manmohan Singh but also for the entire country.
Taking a jibe at union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari, Majithia said Ludhiana's member of Parliament had failed to deliver for his constituency. "Tewari's only achievement for Ludhiana is opening the office of an FM channel tuned to third-grade film songs," he said.
Asked to comment on the Pratap Singh Bajwa's taking Punjab farmers to Delhi, the minister said the state Congress president had made a mockery of the peasantry by taking them for a ride. "He is under fire from his own party colleagues as well," he added.
Majithia supported the prime ministerial campaign of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, saying the way he had taken his state to progress, he could also lead the country to growth.