Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his interview to actor Akshay Kumar, Congress leader Anand Sharma on Tuesday said, "Who cares about mangoes? The country does not want to know if you like mangoes, or from where you have eaten them," in reference to one of Akshay Kumar's first questions in the 'non-political interview'.
In a recent interview with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the Prime Minister was asked if he likes mangoes. To this, he replied saying, "Main aam khaata hoon, pasand bhi hai. Gujarat mein toh aam ras ka riwaaz bhi hai. Hum log khet mein jaakar khaatey thhay. Bharat ka jo kisaan hai woh bahot udaar hai. Kabhi manaa nahin kartey they. Uss samay toh hygiene ka sense bhi nahin thha.", he added.
('Yes I eat mangoes, I like them. In Gujarat, aamras is also very popular. We used to go to farms and eat them. Indian farmers are very large-hearted. They would never say no.')
Prior to this, the Congress reacted to PM Modi's interview with Akshay Kumar and said it seems a "failed politician" who is about to be rejected by the people on May 23 is looking for an alternative employment avenue in Bollywood. The Congress's jibe at Modi came after channels aired the Prime Minister's interview with the Bollywood star, who described it as a "candid and completely non-political" chat.
Reacting to the chat, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: "Akshay Kumar ji is a great actor and we like him. He is a very successful actor. An unsuccessful politician who has decimated India's economy, who has decimated India's jobs, who has made life hell for India's farmers and the poor, is now trying to become a better actor than Akshay Kumar ji."
"It seems a failed politician who is about to be rejected on May 23, 2019, is looking for an alternative employment avenue in Bollywood, but I don't think so, a failed politician like Modi ji will be a successful actor in Bollywood. Akshay Kumar will remain Akshay Kumar," he told reporters.
The interview held by actor Akshay Kumar was light-hearted in nature where Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened up about the smallest things his life, like his daily habits, hobbies and more.