Patna: Opposition leaders in Bihar on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making derogatory comments about former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who was assassinated by a LTTE terrorist during a public event in Chennai in 1991.
Modi, in his latest assault on the Congress Party, tweeted that Rajiv Gandhi who was billed as the 'cleanest politician' ended up dying as 'the number one corrupt leader' of India.
Modi was obviously referring to the Bofors scandal that took place during Rajiv Gandhi's regime in the '80s.
His widely-condemned tweet is believed to distract from allegations from the opposition leaders regarding the multi-million-dollar Rafale deal that links Modi and a number of his party leaders and cronies in what is being seen by many as a much bigger financial scandal than Bofors deal.
In Patna, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav condemned Modi's comment as 'a new low' for the Prime Minister. He also re-tweeted a comment by Rajiv Gandhi's son and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in which the latter offers advice to stop projecting his inner self on to his father as the 'battle was over'.
Modi Ji,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 5, 2019
The battle is over. Your Karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won’t protect you.
All my love and a huge hug.
Congress leaders in Patna also criticized Modi for lowering the level of political discourse to a new low saying if the Prime Minister had to lower himself to the level of assaulting a dead leader who gave his life for the nation then there was something wrong with the Narendra Modi.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned Modi's comment saying it was unfortunate the Prime Minister was using such language to disparage a leader sacrificed his life while serving the nation.
Sorry for my delayed response on this. I was campaigning. The comments made by ‘Expiry PM’ ModiJi against fmr PM Rajiv GandhiJi are very unfortunate. RajivJi dedicated himself & laid down his life for the motherland. I condemn the language used & the audacity of such a statement— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 5, 2019
Notably, Delhi High Court, in a 2004 judgment in 2004, had given a clean chit to the former Prime Minister saying there was no evidence that he accepted bribes and all charges against him were dismissed.