‘Amethi will reply fittingly’, Priyanka Gandhi on PM Modi’s ‘corrupt no. 1’ barb
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that her father Rajiv Gandhi’s life ended as ‘corrupt number one’.Updated: May 05, 2019 12:37 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the people Amethi will give a fitting reply to his charge that former premier Rajiv Gandhi’s life ended as ‘corrupt number one’.
Modi’s comment came during an election campaign speech in Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday where he attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi that the life of his father, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, ended as “corrupt number 1”.
Modi accused the opposition parties including the Congress of trying install a weak government by tarnishing his image.
On Sunday, Priyanka accused Modi for levelling baseless charge against her father.
“The Prime Minister who seeks votes in the name of martyrs and insults their memories insulted the sacrifice of an honest and innocent man with a baseless charge. The people of Amethi for whom Rajiv Gandhi gave his life will answer this charge, Yes, Modiji, this country does not forgive frauds,” Priyanka tweeted.
Sam Pitroda, Indian Overseas Congress chief also criticised Modi and described his attack on Rajiv Gandhi as “nonsense”.
Sam Pitroda, Indian Overseas Congress chief: We were hurt by what PM said about Rajiv Gandhi y'day. Normally PM of a country speaks for the people, it's a huge accountability. PM can't speak nonsense. But y'day the PM said to Rahul Gandhi 'aapke pita no.1 corrupt they marte waqt' pic.twitter.com/80jujZc715— ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2019
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber in May 1991 during an election campaign in Tamil Nadu.
Modi was apparently referring to the Bofors bribery case that derailed Rajiv Gandh’s government in the 1989 elections.
Rajiv Gandhi and others accused of receiving bribes from the Swedish company in a defence deal for the purchase of artillery guns. The Delhi High Court said there was no evidence that Rajiv Gandhi had accepted bribes.
First Published: May 05, 2019 12:29 IST