Congress slams Modi,says Delhi still far off

Congress and BJP Sunday crossed swords over Narendra Modi’s attack on Rahul Gandhi’s “beehive” remark with three ruling party leaders saying it did not need lessons on patriotism and also that Delhi is still far off for the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:April 8, 2013 4:19 am

Congress and BJP Sunday crossed swords over Narendra Modi’s attack on Rahul Gandhi’s “beehive” remark with three ruling party leaders saying it did not need lessons on patriotism and also that Delhi is still far off for the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

In a sharp attack on Modi,Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari asserted that metaphors denoting cohesion and unity were beyond the comprehension of “self appointed jingoists” while his ministerial colleague Kapil Sibal said the BJP strongman should not be in a hurry to come to the national capital,saying “Dilli dur ast (Delhi is still far off)”.

Another Union Minister Rajiv Shukla said the Congress did not need lessons from patriotism from BJP as none of its leader “had fought for the freedom of the country”.

BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj sarcastically said the Congress vice-president’s comparison of the country to a beehive is correct if assessed from the ruling party’s point of view and went on to talk about lives of bees.

“The comparison made to a beehive is correct according to the Congress. What is there in a beehive? There is a queen bee,and all the other bees toil and gather honey,the taste of which is taken by the others and the queen bee does not do any work,” Punj said.

Stating that the Congress has only this imagination about this country,Punj said,“What or who is the queen bee here? But the ordinary bees here are the country’s common people for sure.”

Without naming Rahul,Modi on Saturday said he was “deeply shocked and very pained” to hear a Congress leader describe the country as a beehive.

“Is this the way the Congress thinks? I want to tell my Congress friends that they may think of this nation as a beehive but for us this nation is a mother,” Modi had said.

He “pleaded” with the Congress not to insult the “mother”. “If you (Congress) don’t understand India,then learn from others but don’t insult the country,” he said.

Targeting Modi in a post on Twitter Tewari said,“Amusing-Metaphors denoting energy diligence cohesion and focus unity of purpose completely go over the heads of some self appointed jingoists.”

Delhi CM takes on Modi,calls him divisive figure

He does not represent the ethos of India,Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Sunday said of her Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi,dismissing him as a divisive figure.

Dikshit,a senior Congress leader who is poised to seek an unprecedented fourth term as Delhi’s chief minister in November,said there was no comparison between the Gujarat leader and Rahul Gandhi.

“One (Rahul) is totally secular and the other (Modi) is totally communal,” Dikshit said while describing the BJP leader as “dictatorial” in nature.

Dikshit’s remark comes in the backdrop of a section of BJP leaders clamouring for Modi to be made as the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “He (Modi) is so difficult to judge because he is so full of himself…I do not think he represents the ethos of India. I think,we as Indians believe in the philosophy of live and let live. I do not think he represents that at all,” she said.

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