New Delhi: Congress today took a dig at Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "God's gift to India" wondering whether his flattering chant was much different from Dev Kant Baruah's "India is Indira and Indira is India" remark for which he was castigated.
"When Baruah symbolically said Indira was India and India was Indira he was castigated; is Naidu's chant abt Modi being god's gift much diff?", party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi asked in a series of tweets.
Baruah was the President of the Congress during the Emergency in the mid-seventies and is chiefly remembered for his sycophancy to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
"jaya's cabinet prostrates with idolatry & fawning flattery condemned; Wht of whole modi cabinet (egNaidu &Swaraj) paying verbal obeisance?", Singhvi said suggesting that Modi's cabinet is no different from that of the Tamil Nadu CM which prostrates before her.
Another party spokesman Sanjay Jha was sarcastic and recalled the Gujarat riots in 2002 when Modi was the Chief Minister.
"God's gift indeed ! Go ask the family of Ehsan Jafri and over a thousand mercilessly killed, and their families and children. #Shameless"
"Dadri and Jharkhand lynching is a sickening manifestation of the decline and fall of India under Narendra Modi. #Shame", Jha said on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Manish Tewari remarked that the jury is still out whether the Prime Minister is God's gift to India or God's gift to the oligarchs of India.
Moving the political resolution at the just concluded BJP national executive here yesterday, Naidu hailed Modi as a "God's gift to India" and a messiah for the poor.
Congress, on its twitter handle, also took a jibe at
Naidu. "Venkaiah ji, you too are a gift from God. Every life is a gift from God. Man becomes great by deeds, not rhetoric.
"For Mother India, every Indian son and daughter is a gift of god. It is unfortunate that the BJP does not believe so", it said.