Sonia dubs PM Modi ‘Shahenshah’; BJP says her remarks ‘deplorable’

Brand-new DELHI: Congress president

Sonia Gandhi
can’t digest the fact that

Narendra Modi
, a humble tea-seller, rose to become Prime Minister, which is why she described him as a “Shahenshah” (emperor), the BJP said on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Sonia attacked the government over the celebrations being held for the NDA government completing two years and that’s when she described the Prime Minister as a “Shahenshah”.

“I have actually never seen anything like this. A Prime Minister is there, not a ‘Shahenshah’. He is the country’s Prime Minister. There is so much poverty in the country. There is drought. Farmers are in trouble. I do not find it appropriate (that government) shows off like this,” she told reporters in Rae Bareli.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra lashed out at the Congress president, saying her remarks were ‘absolutely deplorable’.

He added that the Congress needs to learn what ‘Shahenshah’ means, as it is that party that has actually run the country “like its fiefdom” during its decades long rule.

“A ‘Shahenshah’ is the person who considers this country and the party as their fiefdom. And who other than the Gandhis can be called Shahenshahs. They have actually been ruling this country as if this country was their fiefdom. Indira Gandhi was responsible for the emergency in this country. That is shehenshah-ism. That is dynasty rule,” Patra told ANI.

He said the Prime Minister has actually risen from a humble background to the top post because of his hard work and blessings of the people.

“As far as the Prime Minister is concerned, he is a poor man. He is a chaiwala (tea seller) who has actually risen gradually because of his hard work. Because of the blessings of the people of India he has actually become the PM of India,” Patra said.

“When a poor man becomes the PM of the country, it is quite difficult for the dynasts to digest it and that is the reason as to why out of frustration Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party are making such kinds of allegations,” he added.

Echoing similar views, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the ‘Shahenshah’ and ‘Shehzada’ culture exists in the Congress party, adding that the Prime Minister is the ‘pradhan sevak’ of the country. He said that instead of congratulating the BJP for itsachievements in the last two-years, the Congress is criticising it.

Responding to allegations levelled versus her son-in-law Robert Vadra, that a controversial arms dealer bought a ‘benami’ or proxy-owned mansion in London for him in 2009, Sonia Gandhi earlier said the
NDA government is resorting to Brand-new accusations everyday to achieve its target of a ‘Congress-free India’. She dared the Centre to begin investigating the matter.

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