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

Feb 09, 2014, 08:10 IST | Agencies

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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