Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi over ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (watchman is a thief) campaign saying that he is being targeted because he is from “backward caste” background.
PM Modi, who was addressing an election rally at Madha in Maharashtra, said, “Recently the naamdar (a refernce used by the PM for Gandhi) branded an entire community as thief. He says everyone having Modi in his name is a thief. They abuse me because I am from backward community. This is how they view people from backward castes.”
The prime minister was speaking at Akluj in Solapur district of Maharashtra that is part of the Madha Lok Sabha constituency. The sitting MP from the seat and senior Nationalist Congress Party leader, Vijaysinh Mohite–Patil shared dias with PM Modi.
Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil’s son Ranjitsinh recently joined the BJP after the NCP refused ticket for the Lok Sabha elections. At the rally, PM Modi targeted NCP chief Sharad Pawar saying, “Sharad Rao attacked me over my family…You can’t walk the path as Modi…Your model is a particular family of Delhi, you learn from them and follow them.”
PM Modi was initially expected to address the election rally at Baramati in Pune, from where Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule is in the field. However, the plan was reworked and PM Modi addressed his public rally in Solapur.
Apr 17, 2019 11:55 IST