Putting a new spin on Rahul Gandhi’s “why are all Modis thieves” remark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Congress president, by making the jibe, had maligned the backward community he hails from. Also Read - Remove PM Modi's Photo From Corona Vaccine Receipts in States Headed For Assembly Elections: Election Commission Tells Centre
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“The Congress and its allies say that all Modis in the society are thieves. The Congress and its allies have not kept any shortcomings in abusing of my backward caste. This time they have crossed the limits and abused the entire backward society,” Modi said. Also Read - Will Actor Mithun Chakraborty Join BJP? His Plan to Share Stage With PM Modi at Bengal Rally Creates Speculation
“I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out,” Gandhi had said recently.
Slamming Gandhi, Modi said, “The ‘naamdar’ (dynast) first tried ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (slogan). Now they are trying to defame a backward community (Modi community). Being from a backward community, I am used to the suffering.”
“The Congress has been defaming me for several years over my backward community background,” Modi said.
“I am used to such bashing. Now, they are blaming the entire community while defaming me. If you dare to defame a community, I will not tolerate it,” he said. “Why label entire backward community thieves by calling me one,” he added.