New Delhi, Sept 30 IBNS | 1 year ago

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday defended Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 elections, Narendra Modi's attacks and said the whole party is behind him.


"They may make fun of the prime minister but I want them to know that the whole party is behind him," Gandhi said at a Karnataka rally referring to the opposition BJP.

Extending her support for the PM, she said, "We are doing good work under the leadership of Manmohan Singh."

Addressing the first ever rally in the national capital, Narendra Modi asked how dare the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh was insulted and called a "dehati aurat" (a rural woman) by his Pakistani counterpart in USA where the PM is visiting now.

Commenting on the dialogue scheduled between Singh and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in New York, at his Delhi rally here Modi projected his nationalist image and said people in India are apprehensive whether Singh can stand upright and question the Pakistani PM during their talks.

"Pradhanmantirji, if you can hear the mothers of the slain jawans, then bring the 'heads' (respects) back of those Indian jawans who sacrificed their lives for the country and got beheaded," Modi had said while Singh and Sharif were to meet in New York.

He also slammed the Indian journalists for attending the breakfast hosted by Sharif, where the latter had alleged to have called the Indian PM a 'dehati aurat' meaning rural, ignorant woman.

Slamming Sharif, he said, "How dare you call my country's PM a 'dehati aurat'?"

"I will fight with my PM internally over principles, but I will never tolerate any external people dishonouring my country's PM," he had said.

He said the Pakistani PM has dared so much because the Indian Prime Minister has lost his position in India itself.

"His own party calls him 'nonsense'; Congress ke vice president ne PM ki pagdi uchal di hai ( Congress vice president insulted the PM)," Modi blamed, referring to Rahul Gandhi rejecting an Ordinance in Parliament being brought by the government of Manmohan Singh.

(Posted on 01-10-2013)