Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Wednesday raked up a controversy by referring to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an "illiterate" while criticising the Maharashtra Government's decision to screen the short film based on Prime Minister's life at schools.
"The decision to screen the film forcibly is wrong. Children should be kept away from politics. What will students learn from watching a film on an uneducated and illiterate person like (Prime Minister) Modi? Children and people do not know how many degrees the prime minister holds," the Congress leader said.
Later, when he was questioned about his choice of words, Sanjay Nirupam added that the ruling party need not object to each and every word, and "in democracy, the Prime Minister is not God".
His comment drew sharp criticism from the BJP with the party's Maharashtra Unit spokesperson Shaina NC attacked the Congress leader. Reacting to Sanjay Nirupam's remarks, Shaina NC, she defined it as an "obnoxious" comment.
Anil Shirole, a BJP MP from Maharashtra also took to Twitter and mounted a scathing attack on the Sanjay Nirupam.
Earlier, the Maharashtra Government asked the Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools in Maharashtra to screen a short film on PM Modi, a directive which has drawn criticism from Opposition. A government official said that ZP schools were asked to screen the short film "Chalo Jeete Hai" on September 18 as it has a "social message" and would inspire students. The 32-minute film 'Chalo Jeete Hai' which is directed by Mangesh Hadawale and presented by Aanand L Rai and Mahaveer Jain, is based on the early life of Prime Minister Modi.