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How will you define Narendra Modi? Ask his opponents
Days after he called Narendra Modi’s impotent in relation to his handling of the Gujarat riots of 20012, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid fired a fresh salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, calling him a nursery student who thinks he is a PhD.
With the election season hotting up, the war of words among politicians is becoming the order of the day. If the recent barbs against BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate are any indication, this election often seems to be about defining Narendra Modi.
We take a look at the barbs on Narendra Modi in recent times that made the headlines:
Modi, a nursery student: Salman Khurshid
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid scaled up his attack against Modi calling him a nursery student who thinks he is a PhD. Speaking to mediapersons in Farrukhabad on Wednesday, Khurshid referred to the ‘clean chit’ to Modi in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying the Supreme Court has never given one to the BJP leader. “It’s like a nursery student, who after securing good marks is assuming himself to be a doctor and a PhD,” the veteran Congress leader went on to say.
Modi, an impotent: Salman Khurshid
At a rally in Farrukhabad earlier this month, Khurshid called Modi impotent’ in relation to his handling of the post-Godhra riots in 2002. Without naming Modi directly, Khurshid, who is a sitting Member of Parliament from Farrukhabad, asked why a man who aspires to be the prime minister of the country could not do anything during the 2002 riots. “We don’t accuse you (Modi) of killing people… Hamara aarop hai ki tum napunsak ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn’t stop the killers,” he said.
Modi, a Hitler: Rahul Gandhi/ Nitish Kumar
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi launched a blistering attack on Modi on his home turf by comparing him with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. “There are two kinds of leaders. The first type like Gandhiji belongs to those who go among people, have some ideology. Then there is another kind of leader, whose best example is perhaps Hitler. Hitler thought there was no need to go to people. He believed entire knowledge of the world is only in his mind. That kind of leader only talks that he did this and that. That leader does not require to go to people,” he said without naming anybody.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too did the Hitler comparison, saying Modi lacked the qualities to become a Prime Minister. In his 90-minute speech at a JD(U) convention, Nitish said: “He (Modi) is behaving like Hitler by propagating fascism,” Kumar said, adding the people of the country will never make him the PM.”
Modi, a monkey: Arjun Modhwadia/ Salman Khurshid
Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia during a public meeting in Vadodara criticised Modi for repeatedly targeting Prime Minister Manmohan as he compared the state chief minister to a monkey. He talked of a monkey challenging the king of jungle to a duel from the top of a tree. “The king of the jungle will not climb the tree but the monkey will have to come down to the land some time,” he was quoted as saying. The slug fest between Congress and BJP turned personal, when in a TV interview Salman Khurshid too likened Modi to a monkey and said that he pulls crowds because his rallies are like monkey shows where people gather around to watch the monkey perform.
Modi, a Ravan: Ambika Chaudhary
The UP minister sparked a controversy by seeking to draw a comparison between Narendra Modi and demon king Ravan. Addressing a public meeting at Bairia, Handicapped and Backward Welfare Minister Ambika Chaudhary said the manner in which king of Lanka Ravan was arrogant, similar was the case with Modi.
Modi, a Yamraj: Rashid Alvi
AICC spokesperson Rashid Alvi appeared to compare Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi with ‘Yamraj’, when he said: “Had he intended to indicate Narendra Modi he would not have referred to somebody riding a horse but somebody riding a buffalo (Yama’s vehicle) … Rahulji has talked about somebody coming on a horse, he must be referring to a messiah.”
Modi, Maut ka saudagar: Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi had during the campaign for the 2007 Gujarat Assembly polls called Modi a merchant of death for the 2002 riots in the state in the aftermath of the Godhra train carnage.
(With PTI inputs)