Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘illiterate’ has stoked a new political controversy in Maharashtra. Nirupam, while criticising the state government’s decision to screen a short film on Modi’s life at schools in Maharashtra next week, had said that children should be kept away from politics.
He had said, “The decision to screen the film forcibly is wrong. Children should be kept away from politics. What will students learn from watching a film on an uneducated and illiterate person like Modi.”
He added. “Children and people do not know how many degrees the prime minister holds.”
Nirupam’s comments evoked angry reactions from the BJP functionaries. The saffron party’s Maharashtra unit spokesperson Shaina NC called Nirupam ‘mentally deranged.’ She wrote on Twitter, “Yet another obnoxious comment by a mentally deranged @sanjaynirupam . May be he forgets that @narendramodi is elected by 125 cr Indians who aren’t “unpad or gavar”.@INCIndia is devoid of ideology and relevant questions. Sure citizens will give a befitting reply in 2019 (sic).”
BJP MP Anil Shirole wrote, “PM is not a representative of one party, he is the Prime Minister of the Country and it’s people.
@sanjaynirupam by insulting our PM you has insulted and disrespected the office, the country and the constitution drafted by Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar ji.”
PM is not a representative of one party, he is the Prime Minister of the Country and it’s people. @sanjaynirupam by insulting our PM you has insulted and disrespected the office, the country and the constitution drafted by Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar ji. https://t.co/fLybvARGlc
— Anil Shirole (@AnilShiroleBJP) September 12, 2018
Later justifying his comments, Nirupam said that the prime minister was not god in democracy adding that the words used by him were not ‘undignified.’
A report by PTI said that district schools in Maharashtra had been asked to screen the short film Chalo Jeete Hai on 18 September arguing that it had a ‘social message’ and would inspire students.
The 32-minute film is directed by Mangesh Hadawale and presented by Aanand L Rai and Mahaveer Jain, is based on the early life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.