Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'anpadh-gawar' (illiterate, uncouth), Zee News reported. Nirupam heads the Mumbai unit of the Congress.
Nirupam has objected to the screening of a documentary film on PM Narendra Modi in schools across the city. He said, "Jo bachhe school, college mein padh rahe hain woh Modi jaise unpadh-gawaar ke baare mein jaan kar unko kya milne wala hai? Yeh bahut sharmnaak baat hai ki aaj tak humare desh ke nagrik aur bacchhon ko pata hi nahi hai ki PM ki degree kitni hai? (what would college and school students gain by knowing about an illiterate and unsophisticated person like Modi? It is a matter of shame that people of our country do not know about the degree PM holds)".
He added that the film on PM Modi was being “forcibly screened.” He said, “This is absolutely wrong. Our children must be kept away from politics." This is not the first time the Congress leader has attacked Modi. Earlier, he had called for “booking PM Modi for murder, holding him responsible for at least 70 deaths across the country due to the NDA government's sudden and shocking decision of demonetising the old currency notes of high denomination in 2016.”
The report added: "Expressing doubts over the Maoists' plot to assassinate PM Modi”, Nirupam added that it had been Modi’s ‘old tactic’”. He added, “I am not saying this is completely untrue but it has been PM Modi’s old tactic, since he was Chief Minister. Whenever his popularity declines, news of an assassination plot is planted.”
Nirupam has laid grounds for a new controversy. Previously, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had stirred a massive controversy by hurling slurs at PM Modi’s humble beginnings as a tea seller.
The statement may not go down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party and Modi supporters. It may also lead to a volley of verbal attacks in the coming months, and add some heat to the electoral season.