Congress compares Narendra Modi with Yamraj
In what came as a reminder of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's controversial "merchant of death" remarks about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2007, the ruling party at the Centre on Friday sought to compare him with Yamraj, the god of death in Hindu mythology.
Replying to queries about Rahul Gandhi's remarks at the CII meet on Thursday that one man on a horse charging through cannot solve India's problems, Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said at a press briefing here, "Had he (Rahul) intended to indicate Narendra Modi, he would not have referred to somebody riding a horse but somebody riding a buffalo (Yamraj's vehicle). Rahulji has talked about somebody coming on a horse, he must be referring to a messiah." Sonia's "merchant of death" remarks in the run-up to 2007 Assembly elections were said to have backfired on the Congress in terms of polarisation of votes in Modi's favour.
Taking a dig at Modi for his comment about repaying the debt to the nation, Alvi said, "We are frightened if he wants to pay back the debt to Delhi in the same manner in which he has paid the debt to the soil of Gujarat." Information & Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said he often worried about Modi's statements and hoped he does not do in the rest of India "what he did in Gujarat in 2002". "The Congress has forgotten etiquette. It has already faced consequences of merchant of death remarks in Gujarat. Yet, they are not learning from mistakes. Out of desperation, they have resorted to abusive language. People will given them a fitting reply," said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain.