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Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi in war of words over Patel statue

At a rally in Bardoli, Rahul Gandhi said Narendra Modi did not understand Vallabhbhai Patel’s ideology while Modi hit back saying Congress had forgotten the freedom fighter

Bardoli/Guwahati: A war of words has broken out between Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over constructing a statue of India’s first home minister Vallabhbhai Patel.

Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi
Rahul Gandhi believes the Bharatiya Janata Party does not understand Sardar Patel’s ideologies. Narendra Modi (right). File Pic

Gandhi said the BJP did not understand Patel’s ideology but was erecting his statue, to which Modi hit back, saying the Congress has “forgotten Patel”.

The Gandhi scion, speaking at a rally in Bardoli in Gujarat, said, “Those who do not understand the ideology of Sardar Patel want to make his statue.”He added, “A poisonous mentality killed Mahatma Gandhi.”

Meanwhile, Modi at his rally in Guwahati, said the Congress has forgotten the ideology of Patel.

“Everyone says that you are from BJP and a part of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and you are constructing the statue of unity... For you, he might be just a party leader (of Congress), for us, he is a national leader,” Modi said.

“Sardar Patel is a national figure. He doesn’t belong to any party. The Congress has forgotten him. We have forced them to remember him after 60 years,” he added.

Modi has announced that the statue of Patel on the banks of the Narmada in Gujarat, would be the tallest in the world.

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  • Sherin Mathew11-Feb-2014

    Modi is a person who only wants to use bad words for other political leaders and he thinks himself as wise, clever and knows all the ABC of politics..in his speeches we can't see any model for the development of nation.. but one can see him criticizing the opposition..and playing with the facts..such a person can't be the PM of the nation

  • Mrinal Gupta11-Feb-2014

    It is easy to give speeches Mr Modi but difficult to be the PM of India. Modiji stop being dramatic in your war of words, show how you will be better than Congress.

  • Prakriti Kapoor11-Feb-2014

    One can deliver speech on the stage very easily but it is very difficult to serve people by being face to face .. rahul ever cared for the poor people and tried to serve as much he can.. only UPA government has given them work by MNREGA and shelter.. at least now they are capable enough to earn money and serve their family.

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