PM Modi stirs 'damaad' debate with veiled attack on Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra while addressing a gathering at the birth centenary function of a senior Congress leader in Jammu.
Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra while addressing a gathering at the birth centenary function of a senior Congress leader here.
Criticising the culture of dynastic politics, Modi disapproved of political untouchability as he commemorated the birth centenary of late leader Girdhari Lal Dogra.
While addressing the function at Jammu University, the PM took a veiled swipe at Vadra, who is embroiled in controversies over his land deals.
He noted that Dogra was Jammu and Kashmir's tall leader who had presented 26 budgets as finance minister of the state but never did any favours for his family members, including his son-in-law Arun Jaitley, who is now the Union Finance Minister.
In a lighter vein, Modi said the Congress leader must have had a great understanding of human beings and "that is why he chose a son-in-law like Arun Jaitley".
"Both (Dogra and Jaitley) took their own routes in public life. "Otherwise we all know what embarrassment sons-in-law have become for their in-laws nowadays," he said, in an apparent reference of Vadra, drawing applause from the audience.
The PM also took the opportunity to disapprove political untouchability, saying the national heritage should not be divided and all leaders who have worked and died for the nation should be given equal regard irrespective of their ideologies and affiliations.
Modi said public life cannot run by judging a person on the basis of his political party, ideology or leadership.
Talking about dynastic politics, Modi said that while seeing an exhibition on Dogra, he was happy to notice that none of his family members are in any picture with him, except during his last rites.
"It is a difficult task. It is not easy. Everybody wants to do something for his relatives," he said.
Modi also greeted Muslims on the eve of Eid. He then left for New Delhi.