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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Rahul’s rebuke to Pitroda a poll stunt, says Modi

Addressing an election rally in Chandigarh, Modi said, ‘Hua to hua’ (so what, if it happened) is part of Congress culture and the rebuke was only an electoral compulsion.”

lok sabha elections Updated: May 17, 2019 18:54 IST
Munieshwer A Sagar
Munieshwer A Sagar
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Modi also slammed the Congress for failing to deliver justice to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.(HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s public rebuke to his party leader Sam Pitroda for his ‘hua to hua’ remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was a mere stunt in view of the elections in Punjab where polling is scheduled to be held on May 19.

Addressing an election rally in Chandigarh, Modi said, ‘Hua to hua’ (so what, if it happened) is part of Congress culture and the rebuke was only an electoral compulsion.”

He added, “Mein dawe ke saath kehta hu ki agar aaj Punjab mein chunav na hote to naamdar apne guru ko ek shabd bhi nahi kehete, ek shabad bhi bolne ka natak nahi karte. (I am sure if there were no elections in Punjab then the dynast would not have uttered a single word against his guru (referring to Pitroda), would not have pretended to a speak a word).”

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In a thinly disguised reference to former minister and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar calling him “neech admi”, Modi said, “Remember during the Gujarat elections an important minister in their government had said, ‘Modi neech hein neech’. Somebody said, ‘Modi neech jat se hein’. This created a major storm in Gujarat, and they pretended to oust him from the party. But after few days he was brought back).”

Stating that this would repeat in Punjab too as soon as elections are over, Modi said, “He will hug his guru (Pitroda) immediately after Punjab elections. The person who abused me in Gujarat, yesterday again used the foulest words against me. The Congress doesn’t consider it wrong what he did.”

He also slammed the Congress for failing to deliver justice to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.

First Published: May 15, 2019 03:57 IST