After Priyanka, Sonia reiterates that ‘Modi’s comment was an insult to Rajiv’s martyrdom’

Modi's severe criticism of the Gandhi family had prompted Rahul's sister Priyanka to accuse him of practicing "neech rajniti".

By: Press Trust of India | Kushinagar (up) | Updated: May 8, 2014 6:29 pm

Narendra Modi on Thursday was at the receiving end of ‘neech (low-level)’ barb again, this time from Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who berated his “insult” of Rajiv Gandhi and said such “low-level” thought and words does not behove him and national politics.

Sonia also invoked former Prime Minister and ailing BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee to hit out at Modi, saying Vajpayee and other former PMs maintained the dignity of the post but the way Modi criticised Rajiv Gandhi could not be termed anything but petty.

The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate had said Rajiv, a former PM, had publicly humiliated a Congress chief minister when he was the party’s general secretary to claim it was the ruling party leaders who practiced the politics of anger and arrogance and not him.

Modi’s severe criticism of the Gandhi family in his rally at Amethi, from where Sonia’s son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is contesting election, had prompted Rahul’s sister Priyanka to accuse him of practicing “neech rajniti” (low-level politics). Modi, in turn, accused Congress of targeting his lower caste origin.

“I will say that he (Modi) must keep in mind this great country’s rich culture and generosity. Such ‘neech’ thought and words do not behove him… If such are his words, you can well understand what will be his action,” Sonia said at an election rally in the UP town.

She lambasted his “false” claims about Gujarat’s development and said 40 percent people in the state’s villages do not get water for drinking and irrigation.

Gujarat, she said hitting out at the the state’s CM, still considers those earning below a paltry sum of Rs 11 per day as poor and even by such low base over 40 lakh families there are poor.

“If this becomes the condition of the whole country, then you can understand what will happen,” she said.

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  1. J
    James Bond
    May 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm
    Dear Madam,Your time is up.wait and see the results on 16/05/14.Do not do something like declaring emergency like your mother-in-law did to remain in office.
    1. N
      May 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm
      Kindly refer a dictionary to know the meaning of 'martyr'.
      1. R
        May 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm
        Rajiv was a martyr for Sri Lanka, not India.
        1. R
          R C
          May 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm
          Rajiv was not a martyr. At the time of his ination, he was an ordinary politician seeking votes in 1991 mid-term General Elections.
          1. S
            May 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm
            You know what, Madam Antonia, saying that you have a degree from Oxford or Cambridge when you do not, that is "NEECH". Looting the nation dry through all kind of scams, that is "NEECH". Allowing foodgrain to rot in open while lakhs of Indians die of hunger, that is "NEECH". Then selling the foodgrains to liquor manufacturers, that is "NEECH". Smuggling idols of Hindu Gods from the temples and selling those internationally using your sister's shop, that is "NEECH". Compromising all the consutional offices in the country, that is "NEECH". Using the paid Newstraders to promote your family and vilify opponents, that is "NEECH".So Congress and their sickular supporters are all doing "NEECH harkate". These actions can not even be called "rajniti", by any stretch of imagination.
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