`Dehati aurat` remark: Narendra Modi fans non-existent row, says Sheila Dixit
Narendra Modi created a controversy by telling a rally that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif purportedly called his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh a "village woman".
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A day after Narendra Modi created a controversy by telling a rally that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif purportedly called his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh a "village woman", Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit refused to buy the Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate claim.
Narendra Modi created a controversy on a non-existent issue, said Dikshit.
The Delhi Chief Minister further described Modi`s personal attack on Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Ordinance on convicted lawmakers as against political norms.
Addressing his first - and a mammoth - rally in Delhi in his new avatar, Modi on Sunday hit out at Sharif for reportedly calling Manmohan Singh a "dehati aurat" (rural woman).
"When his own party leader calls the PM `nonsense`, how can he (PM) get respect abroad?", the Bharatiya Janata Party star asked, triggering a wild round of applause and sloganeering.
Modi was referring to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi`s outburst on Friday against an ordinance passed by the Cabinet that sought to overturn an apex court ruling disqualifying politicians convicted of crime. Gandhi had called it "complete nonsense".
Referring to Gandhi as "prince", Modi said: "If I may use a rural terminology, then Congress upadhyaksh ne pradhan mantri ki pagdi uchhal di (Gandhi has insulted the Prime Minister)."
(With IANS inputs)