Mumbai: In a controversial move, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “illiterate”, while targeting the state government’s decision of screening a short film on PM Modi’s life at schools in Maharashtra.
In an interaction with a news channel, Nirupam said,”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,” he added.
His comment was met with sharp reactions from BJP leaders with party’s Maharashtra unit spokesperson Shaina NC calling Mr Nirupam “mentally deranged.”
Later, in his clarification, Nirupam told the reporters that the ruling party need not object to each and every word.
“In democracy, the prime minister is not god. People speak of him while maintaining decorum. The words I used aren’t undignified.” Nirupam said.
‘PM is not a representative of one party’
- Reacting to Mr Nirupam’s remarks, Shaina NC tweeted, “Yet another obnoxious comment by a mentally deranged @sanjaynirupam . May be he forgets that @narendramodi is elected by 125 cr Indians who aren’t “unpad or gavar”.@INCIndia is devoid of ideology and relevant questions. Sure citizens will give a befitting reply in 2019 (sic).”
- Anil Shirole, a BJP MP from Maharashtra tweeted, “PM is not a representative of one party, he is the Prime Minister of the Country and it’s people. @sanjaynirupam by insulting our PM you have insulted and disrespected the office, the country and the constitution drafted by Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar ji (sic).”
‘Chalo Jeete Hai’ with PM Modi
- The Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools in Maharashtra have been asked to screen a short film on PM Modi next week, 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” — directed by Mangesh Hadawale and presented by Aanand L Rai and Mahaveer Jain, is based on the early life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Opposition Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have slammed the BJP-led dispensation over the decision.