Congress rejects as ‘tall talk’ Modi’s challenge to PM for debate

Khurshid's response came when asked about Modi's barb.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 15, 2013 1:08 pm

Congress today dismissed Narendra Modi’s attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reminding him that the country has over two-and-a-half a dozen Chief Ministers and rejected as “tall talk” his challenge to Singh for a public debate on pressing issues.

The war of words between the two parties appeared to touch a new low with the Gujarat Chief Minister talking of a ‘serial of Saas,Bahu and Damaad’,an oblique reference to Robert Vadra’s relationship with Sonia Gandhi and the ruling party wondering whether Modi was a “villain (Khalnayak)”.

“And is he like Khalnayak? There was also that a film named Khalnayak. Khalnayak serial is also running. Ask him about that,” Union Minister Salman Khurshid said He was talking to reporters at the AICC headquarters after the Congress President hoisted the national flag there. Khurshid’s response came when asked about Modi’s barb.

“Nepotism used to be the core of corruption in olden days TV serials…With passage of time it has changed. A new TV serial of Mama and Bhanja came in corruption and now its moving towards a serial of Saas,Bahu and Damaad,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said in Bhuj. While Khurshid advised Modi to desist from “patting his back”,another Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad sought to dismiss attempts of comparison between Modi and the Prime Minister by quipping,”If today I say that I am bigger than (Barack) Obama,people will call me mad.”

Azad also referred to a Hindi proverb to reject any comparison between the Prime Minister and Modi,wondering,”How can any CM give a challenge to PM. Where is the comparison between Raja Bhoj and Gangu…” He added,”Who has stopped anybody from giving a challenge. Sitting in one’s home everyone is a tiger…”

Khurshid also had a dig at the Gujarat Chief Minister over his “yes we can” speech in Hyderabad,saying it was an import from Obama’s speech,which someone prepared for him.

“If somebody gives him something in writing,he speaks that. Somebody wrote for him what Obama had said and he said that also. He said yes we can… Now we will have to see,whose written text he is reading from when he talks about Pakistan,Europe,America and India,” he said.

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