Modi responds to Gandhi and Vadra’s remarks

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 09, 2019, 11:24 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview after his rally in Haryana, expressed confidence of the BJP winning more seats than 2014, the party’s coalition partners in the NDA also securing more constituencies, and an increase in the overall voter turnout of the nation. He added that there is a “pro-incumbency wave in the nation for the first time”. 
When asked about the criticism he is facing for his remark against former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi, by calling him “Bhrashtachari No. 1”, Modi replied that the Congress continues to question the current PM, and hence, he too should have a right to question the ex-Prime Minister.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, son of Rajiv Gandhi, had said that he would “rip apart Modi’s clean image”, to which Modi responded that Gandhi cannot “malign his image and get away”. He also went on to question the Congress over their alleged involvement in the Bofors scandal. He also wondered about the Congress’ stance on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and Sikh riots, in 1984, during the term of Rajiv Gandhi. 
On Mamata Banerjee’s frequent criticism of him, and her recent remark where she said that she doesn’t accept Modi as a PM, and labelled him “expiry babu”, the PM said that the West Bengal Chief Minister accepts Pakistan PM Imran Khan as Prime Minister, but not the PM of her own country. He said that the people of West Bengal, and India, would decide the status of such a leader who “doesn’t respect the Constitution”. 
PM Modi refused to comment on Rahul Gandhi’s sister and Congress General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s remark where she compared Modi to the evil character Duryodhana from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Modi said that he would reply to the jibe “with silence”. 

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