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PM Modi hits back at Congress over Raj Babbar’s remarks

PM Modi hits back at Congress over Raj Babbar’s remarks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lashed out at the Congress, days after its leader Raj Babbar compared the rupee's slide with the age of his mother, saying people who did not have issues to discuss, turn to abuse someone else’s mother.

Recently, Congress leader Raj Babbar made the controversial remark while addressing a rally in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh's Indore city on Thursday. He said, “Before he became the prime minister, Modi said that as compared to the US dollar, the value of Indian rupee has come to a level where it is almost the same as the age of the former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Mr Prime Minister, at that time, you had not taken the former Prime Minister’s name out of respect. Although our tradition does not allow this, we now wish to say that the value of rupee has fallen to the age of your respected mother.”

The BJP strongly condemned Babbar's remark and he faced many lashes from several spokespersons. BJP’s national spokesperson, Sambit Patra said that it was improper to use unparliamentary words against anyone or drag any person's mother into politics.

Patra claimed, “The Congress' attitude against the Prime Minister's mother has always been improper since the beginning and such language was used against the Prime Minister also. Rahul Gandhi should apologize and also should clarify whether he endorses such controversial statements or not.”

To this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hit out at the Congress, days after its leader, Raj Babbar, compared the rupee’s slide with the age of his mother, saying those who did not have issues to talk about, resort to abusing someone else’s mother.

Addressing a rally, PM Modi, in an apparent dig at the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, said 125 crore people of the country were the “high-command” of his government, which was “not remote-controlled by a madam”.

Modi also added, “Coffers of banks were emptied for the rich and elite during the madam’s government. However, our government opened doors of banks for the needy youth.” He also addressed that why is the Congress so worried about Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan being called ‘mama’.

Referring to the Bofors scandal and the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy, he said, “They are worried Shivraj is called mama. Why, don’t you remember (Ottavio) Quattrocchi mama and Warren Anderson (then chairman of the Union Carbide) mama.”

PM Modi also mentioned that Congress was voted out of power in Madhya Pradesh 15 years ago because it indulged in the politics of divisiveness.