NEW DELHI: Veteran Congress MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s first major speech as leader of Congress inLok Sabha, on Friday said that Modi is apologizing and claiming Hindi with familiarity of lack of interest. The comments were struck off the LS record.
Taking exception to BJP leader Pratap Chandra Sarangi’s comparison of Modi with Swami Vivekananda, Chowdhury, in the presence of the PM, used a common Hindi expression to say that Sarangi had “crossed the limits of praise” and the reference was as uncommon as ” mother Ganges “to drainage
As Parliamentary Affairs MinisterPralhad Joshitaunted Congress with the “India is Indira and Indira is India” slogan, an irate Chowdhury made the remark, angry protests from BJP
Later, the Congress leader expressed regret, clarifying that his intention was not to insult the PM. “It is a misunderstanding, I did not say ‘naali’. If PM Modi is upset with it, I am sorry. I had no intention to hurt him My Hindi is not good By ‘naali’, I mean channel and not sever I apologize if the nation feels that I have disrespected the PM, “he later said.
Tunting BJP, Chowdhury said the party speaker indulged in “excessive praise” of Modi but made no mention of the severe drought in the country andencephalitisinBihar’schildren’s death.