New Delhi, May 2 IBNS | 4 months ago

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political advisor Ahmed Patel on Friday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for referring to him as a 'good friend' in an interview with public service broadcaster Doordarshan.


"Modi's claim that I am his good friend is ridiculous and baseless. I am not his good friend," said Patel.

"I have met Modi only once in my entire life and that too in the 1980s. My leader (Sonia) knows about it. There are neither professional nor personal communications with him," he said.

"I will quit public life if he can prove that I visited his residence ever sence he became the Gujarat Chief Minister," added Patel.

In his interview to DD News, Modi reportedly said: "Ahmed Patel is a good friend of mine and I have always maintained that personal relations must be good. We never even called him Ahmed, we used to call him Babu bhai for many years. But in public life you have to respect him. So when I address him I say 'miyaan', it's a respectful term."

(Posted on 02-05-2014)