Following PM Narendra Modi's blistering reaction to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for crediting Nehru for PM Narendra Mod's rise from a 'çhaiwala' to becoming the prime minister, BJP president Amit Shah has also criticised the Opposition party for playing a family dynasty politics.
Shah, speaking in Sagar in Madhya Pradesh for poll preparation ahead of the state assembly polls on November 28, he taunted the Congress saying, "If you want to become a PM, then you have to be born in Nehru or Gandhi family in Congress party."
"If you want to rule the country you have to rule the hearts of the people, this is the difference between BJP and Congress, if you want to be the PM or party president as a Congress member, you need to be Nehru or Gandhi," he said
Shashi Tharoor had during an event on Tuesday said that PM Modi's rise from being a 'chaiwala' to a prime minister was due to Nehru's institutions.
"If today, we have chaiwala as prime minister, it is because Nehru ji made it possible to create the institutional structures through which any Indian can aspire to and rise to the highest office in the land," said Tharoor.
PM Modi on Friday dared Congress to have a non-Nehru Gandhi leader as its president.
"If you say that because of Pandit Nehru Modi became PM -- a chaiwala became PM -- once, just once, for 5 years, let a good Congress leader from outside your family become Congress party chief, and I will agree with you that Pandit Nehru did it. I think it'll be good for the country if it comes out of dynasty," he said.
"Let anyone outside the family be made Congress President just once, only for a period of 5 years. I know it will be a good thing for the country if we get out of dynastic set ups. It's essential that it happens for the country. But, they cannot give 1.25 crore Indians credit that a Chaiwala became Prime Minister of India. This is reflective of their anti-democratic mindset. Maybe Nehru should be credited with that too.
The PM was addressing a rally in poll-bound Chhattisgarh,