The Shiv Sena has taken on its 2019 Lok Sabha elections partner in Maharashtra the BJP over the 'corrupt number 1' comment made by PM Narendra Modi against former PM Rajv Gandhi.
The party on Thursday in its mouthpiece Saamna said PM Modi's comment was condemnable as he made it against someone who is no longer alive. 'Rajiv Gandhi is not alive today and such words used against the former PM is condemnable,' the publication said.
The Shiv Sena and BJP have allied for the general elections in Maharashtra. However, Shiv Sena has often openly expressed its difference in opinions with its ally and has also attacked the party.
PM Modi during his speech on May 4 while accusing the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of harping on the acquisition of Rafale aircraft only to tarnish his image, took a swipe at former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
"Your father was termed 'Mr Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1)," Modi said.
On Thursday, Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted about the comment saying that the former PM is no longer present to defend himself against the allegations. He also blamed the BJP-backed VP Singh for not providing security implying his death was caused due to it.
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