The Congress Party is evidently bemused with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a controversial statement during a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally at Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur district. The party also mocked the PM for making the issue of Diwali electricity a part of his hour-long speech.

Congress leader Salman Khurshid, reacting to the ‘bhed-bhav remark, said that the language used by the Narendra Modi did not stay true to the position of a prime minister.

“I believe every Indian citizen be it Hindu, Muslim or Sikh, Christian anyone, their festivals should be given every possible assistance that is reasonable. And I don’t think so we should be treating these festivals only like festivals. India has traditionally treated all festivals as festivals of everybody..I think Mr. Modi is not learning how to be a Prime Minister which is a very sad thing. A Prime Minister no matter of which party is the PM of the country, but Mr. Modi just isn’t learning to be the PM of the country,” Salman Khursaid said while speaking to the press.

Khurshid’s verbal onslaught refers to PM Modi’s remark in Fatehpur where he said that there should be no discrimination against Hindus. “In a village, if a cemetery can be constructed, so should a cremation ground. If electricity is supplied during Ramzan, so electricity should also be supplied during Diwali as well. There should not be any discrimination on the basis of religion and caste,” Modi said.

Addressing the electricity remark, Khurshid mocked the PM and said, “Is Mr. Modi wanting to become a municipal commissioner? He is descending to talking about electricity being provided on particular days and in particular places.”

PM Modi has been vociferously campaigning for BJP in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh elections where he has repeatedly targeted the Samajwadi-Congress alliance.

First Published | 20 February 2017 11:36 AM
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