Cong MP calls Modi ‘tiger’ of Gujarat,retracts

Calling him a ‘tiger’,Congress MP from Maharashtra Vijay Darda on Sunday praised the style of functioning of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published: July 30, 2012 5:41:25 am

Calling him a ‘tiger’,Congress MP from Maharashtra Vijay Darda on Sunday praised the style of functioning of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The MP,who shared the dais with Modi at an award ceremony here,said,“Modi’s commitment and dedication towards work bears resemblance to that of a tiger.”

Darda,who is also the CMD of Lokmat group of publications,was given the Tarun Kranti Award at the event for his services rendered to the society through the media. The other two recipients of the award for social service were yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Jain International Trade Organisation.

Speaking on the occasion,Modi said Darda might have to pay a price for his comments made in Gujarat. “It won’t be surprising to read tomorrow’s breaking news that Darda has been served a show-cause notice from the party high command for praising Modi,” he said,taking a dig at the Congress leadership.

Darda,however,clarified after the function that he did not mean anything political through his comments on Modi. “I was just expressing my heartfelt feelings at a religious function,” he said. “In our culture,we always speak good about the host and this is a religious function,so none of my comments should be misconstrued as political remarks,” Darda added.

Later in the day,amid reports that he might face trouble from the party high command for his comments,Darda clarified that he described Modi as a ‘tiger’ only in the sense that he can ‘dictate’ terms to the BJP leadership.

“I had called Narendra Modi a tiger of Gujarat as he is able to dictate terms to central BJP leaders,” Darda said in a statement issued in the night.

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