As the country exercised its franchise in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress president missing his Amethi visit, instead campaigning in Delhi retailiated to PM Narendra Modi's 'Corrupt No. 1' remark on his father, late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
During his address the Gandhi scion said that PM Modi 'disrespected a martyr', and that no matter how much the Prime Minister abuses him or his family, he has only 'love for him'
He said, "Prime Minister disrespected a martyr. You can abuse me, my mother, father, grand mother or grand father. How much ever you abuse me, only love will come from my side. I hugged you in the Parliament and that will defeat you. Hatred can only be defeated by love. Your hatred is actually your fear. But I have only love for you."
"All the religions of this country say, hate cannot be won by hate, hate can only be won by love, Modiji. And Congress party is going to defeat you on May 23. The hate that comes from our heart is not real hate, its just fear. You will have to fight and live with this hate. There is no hate from my end," he added.
Following the remark, Rahul Gandhi in a tweet told PM Narendra Modi that 'Karma awaits him' and that revealing what he feels about his father will not protect him from the upcoming consequence.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Modi while addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh commented on Rajiv Gandhi while speaking about the corruption under the Congress governments. He said:
"Your father was termed 'Mr Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1). By hurling abuses, you cannot turn the 50 long years of Modi's Tapasya (struggle) into dust. By tarnishing my image and by making me look small, these people want to form an unstable and a weak government in the country " PM Modi said.
While AICC General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra alleged that Prime Minister insulted the 'martyrdom of a righteous'
"The Prime Minister is asking for votes in the name of martyrs, but he insulted the martyrdom of a righteous and holy man in his unbridled craze yesterday. Reply will be given by the people of Amethi for whom Rajiv Gandhi gave his life. Yes Modiji this country never forgives those who deceive", Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote on twitter.