Congress MP calls Modi the 'lion of Gujarat'

Congress MP Vijay Darda

Congress MP Vijay Darda

After the Gujarat Congress unwittingly praised chief minister Narendra Modi for being a successful organiser and a master strategist through an advertisement earlier this year, the election year saw yet another Congress MP showering praises on Modi in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Vijay Darda, a Congress Rajya Sabha MP, who was in the city to receive 'Tarun Kranti' award from Jain spiritual leader Tarun Sagar commended Modi's role in Indian politics and called him as the 'lion of Gujarat'.

Darda went a step ahead and while referring to Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th birth anniversary year is being celebrated in a grand way by Modi, said Modi is following his path and is a 'nationalist saint'.

Not to miss an opportunity like this, Modi was quick to retort that he will not be surprised to see Monday's headlines screaming Congress high command's demand for an explanation from Darda for praising Modi.

While Darda tried to clear the air within minutes after the programme by telling the media that he was being quoted out of context and he was only expressing his feelings at a religious function, which is no way political in nature, the damage was done already.

In its bid to distance itself from Darda's comments, state Congress heavyweight Narhari Amin made it clear that Darda's comments are his personal and have nothing to do with the party.

'Modi is not forest's lion but he is a man-eating lion. He has killed many people. Vijay Darda does not know about this because he lives in Maharashtra,' Amin said.

Modi meanwhile, used the platform to target the Congress. Stirring the Jain sensitivity, Modi referred to the website of the food processing ministry and alleged that the government is officially promoting cow slaughter.

'It has come up with a policy to give Rs15 crore subsidy for the modernisation of abattoirs. Beef and milch animals are exported via Bangladesh to the foreign slaughterhouses,' he claimed.