Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar crossed all limits and stoked a row after he called PM Narendra Modi “nalayak” for not taking care of his mother.
The former JNUSU president made this remark while taking part in ‘Save Constitution March’ in Mumbai. Kumar also said the Prime Minister was a good actor. Apart from Kanhaiya, Patidar leader Hardik Patel and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani also took part in the protest march. Left parties, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress also joined the march.
I am calling PM Nalayak: Says Kanhaiya
He said, “Prime Minister says that people make disrespectful remarks against his mother. I am not saying anything about his mother, but I am calling him ‘nalayak’ for failing to take care of his mother.”
At an event in Delhi recently, the former JNUSU president had made similar remarks by saying that only a ‘nalayak’ son can make his 90-year-old mother stand in a bank queue, citing Prime Minister Modi’s mother’s visit to a bank during demonetisation.
Taking another jibe at the PM on Sunday, Kanhaiya Kumar called him a “good actor”
“He would have received the best actor award had he been in Bollywood,” said the former JNUSU president, who is expected to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Begusarai in Bihar as a Mahagathbandhan candidate.
This came on a day when PM Modi attacked his opponents for targeting his parents
The Prime Minister claimed that the tirade was launched at the behest of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
“What has happened to the Congress party? The ‘naamdar’ is tacitly supporting it and therefore, its leaders are dragging the name of my father, who passed away 30 years ago. No Congressman would make such a statement against me or my family without the consent of the party president. It is the ‘naamdar’ who is making his leaders speak against me,” he said.
He further said, “My mother sits in her house, performing religious rites, confining herself to a room, and has never visited Madhya Pradesh. She does not even know the ‘R’ of ‘rajneeti’ (politics)…Yesterday, they took the name of my mother and now my father. The Congress chief is behind this.”
Modi hit back at the Congress saying its leaders were “abusing” his nonagenarian mother as the party was bereft of issues and “lacked strength” to take him on after suffering “defeat” at his hands over the last 18 years.
“The people in the Congress, you do not have the strength to fight Modi. In the last 17-18 years, I have challenged you at every instance and defeated you. And you are dragging my mother into politics? Does this behove the Congress and its leaders?” Modi asked.
Congress leaders have kicked up a controversy recently by first comparing the falling value of the rupee to the advanced age of Modi’s mother and then claiming that the father of the prime minister was not someone illustrious.
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