'Crossed all limits': Sushma Swaraj slams Priyanka, Mamata for likening PM Modi to Duryodhana

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 08 May 2019, 09:44 AM
Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj (File Photo)
Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj (File Photo)

Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has launched a twin-attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi for likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to characters from the epic Mahabharat.   

“Today you have talked about ego. Let me remind you that the limit of ego culminated on the day when Rahul ji had insulted Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh  and had ore up and threw out the ordinance issued by the President. Who is telling whom?” Swaraj said in her tweet.

In 2013, the then Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had rejected as “complete nonsense” an ordinance to save convicted legislators from disqualification. His remarks saying that the legislation “should be torn and thrown away” had left the party red-faced.

On Tuesday, hitting back at PM Modi over his recent remark calling her late father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi “Bhrashtachari Number 1” (the most corrupt), Priyanka said that the Mahabharata character Duryodhana too had “such arrogance”.

“Duryodhana also had such arrogance. When Lord Krishna went to show him the truth, make him understand, he tried to take him captive,” she said.

She read out a few lines by Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, which said wisdom is the first casualty before someone's downfall: “Jab naash manush par chhata hai, pehle vivek mar jata hai...”

In another tweet, Swaraj took on Banerjee over her remarks that “Narendra Modi should get a tight slap of democracy”, saying that she had crossed all limits.

“You have crossed all limits. You are chief minister of a state and Modi ji is the prime minister of the nation. Tomorrow you have to talk to him,” she said while quoting a couplet by Urdu poet Bashir Badr on enmity and friendship.

Banerjee also compared PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah to Duryodhana and Dushasan who had fought against the Pandavas. "The Duryodhana-Dushasan duo is running the show at the Centre," the chief minister said at a rally in Barjora.

First Published: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 09:40 AM
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