CPI-M rakes up PM Eid greeting issue; BJP rejects claims

A CPI-M member charged that Modi had not wished Muslims on Eid but had extended his greetings to other communities for their festivals, prompting the government to make a strong rebuttal.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 08, 2014, 00:15 AM IST

New Delhi: A CPI-M member on Thursday charged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not wished muslims on Eid but had extended his greetings to other communities for their festivals, prompting the government to make a strong rebuttal.

CPI-M member TK Rangarajan raised the issue in the Upper House while participating in a discussion on the working of the Home Ministry.

"Every Prime Minister in the past, including Atal Behari Vajpayee, has wished the community on Eid. But our Prime Minister has not greeted (them) on Eid after the end of the holy month of Ramzan. Is it fair?" he said.
Reacting to Rangarajan`s remarks, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who was present in the House at the time, rose and said that Modi had done so.

"To put the record straight, he (Modi) did so. It was widely reported in the entire country. You don`t want to hear that," replied Naidu.

On Tuesday, a Congress member in Lok Sabha had raked up the issue saying that while Modi had hosted no Iftaar party this Ramzan, he had offered prayers at Nepal`s famed Pashupatinath Temple.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had said in the Lower House that while nobody objects to the Prime Minister going from "Pashupatinath to Tirupati", there has been a practice since Independence of Prime Ministers hosting Iftaar gatherings during Ramzan.
The statement had evoked sharp opposition from BJP members with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying, "Such personal matters will not go on record. I am sorry... This is not the way. If you (Chowdhury) want a party, go to him,"