New Delhi: The BJP has slammed Rahul Gandhi and brought up the “maut ka saudagar” remark made by his mother after the Congress leader appeared to blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s loss in the cricket World Cup final and said PM stands for ‘Panauti Modi’.
Addressing a rally in election-bound Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi accused PM Modi of trying to distract from the issues. “He comes on TV and says ‘Hindu-Muslim’ and sometimes goes to a cricket match… Our boys would have won the World Cup but the panauti (bad omen) lost us the match,” he said in Hindi.
In a tongue-lashing, senior BJP leader and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the former Congress president’s remarks about the Prime Minister were “shameful, condemnable and disgraceful”.
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekar also hit out at Gandhi and said the comments were signs of desperation and mental instability.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Chandrashekar said Rahul Gandhi was a 55-year-old who had never worked a day in his life, whose family had “exploited the country like parasites” and whose government had “destroyed the country economically”.
“Panauti” has been trending on social media since India’s defeat in the match against Australia on Sunday, which was attended by PM Modi at the stadium named after him in Ahmedabad.