The Congress’ leader of the parliamentary party in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, on Monday caused a huge controversy by likening former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to ‘Mother Ganga’ while calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘dirty sewer.’ Speaking in the parliament, Chowdhury had taken objection to the comparison being drawn between Gandhi and Modi.
He said, “On one hand we have Mother Ganga (Indira Gandhi), on the other hand, we have a dirty sewer (Narendra Modi). Don’t compare like that. Don’t force us to say something. I said it at the beginning that I respect the post of prime minister.”
His comments evoked angry reactions from the treasury benched with BJP MPs demanding that his disparaging comments about Modi be expunged from the record of the parliament. To which, Speaker Rajendra Agrawal said that he will have objectionable comments expunged if they were found to be inappropriate.
While Chowdhury was allowed to speak after the Speaker’s assurance, BJP supporters vented out their frustration on social media. Faced with widespread condemnation, Chowdhury clarified that his intention was to not ‘dishonour the prime minister.’ “I did not have the remotest intention to dishonour the prime minister. I am not a Hindi bhashi, so it must have been misinterpreted. I only wanted to compare the Ganges and a local channel from where water passes,” ABP News quoted him as saying.
Here’s the video of his controversial speech:
Congress & their leader’s mindset is filled with hate & negativity.
Comparing @narendramodi Ji to Gandi Naali is result of what they inherit from their leader.
Abuse more & get rewarded is Rahul’s politics of love.
They are showing frustration of defeat in abusive words. pic.twitter.com/lTfRGbboGm
— BJP ANDHRA PRADESH (@BJP4Andhra) June 24, 2019
Earlier, Chowdhury had also taken objection to a BJP MP comparing Modi to the famous Bengali reformer Swami Vivekanand. “A BJP MP compared Swami Vivekananda with PM due to a similarity in their names & put them on same pedestal, it hurts sentiments of Bengal,” Chowdhury told news agency ANI.