Zee Media Bureau/Sushmita Dutta
New Delhi: A war of words broke out again between the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj and Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday, on Twitter.
Swaraj tweeted, “Even I think Digvijay Singh ji is a better candidate than Rahul Gandhi.”
Apparently the above remark was made by the BJP leader after Congress leader Digvijay Singh took a dig at Sushma by calling her a better choice for the PM post for the upcoming 2014 General Elections rather than the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The word of war between Sushma and Digvijay started after the Congress leader posted some tweets this morning lashing out at Narendra Modi.
Digvijay was quoted in a newspaper interview saying that India`s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru never attended the funeral of his Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1950. The Congress accuses the BJP of trying to appropriate the legacy of Sardar Patel, known as India`s iron man.
Digvijaya Singh cited the biography of another Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, which had an account of Nehru attending Sardar Patel`s funeral in Mumbai, to `expose` Modi`s claims. Calling Modi a `liar`, the Congress leader tweeted: "Couldn`t BJP find a better leader? What`s wrong with Sushma (Swaraj)?"
Reacting to it, Swaraj took to Twitter today and wrote that Digvijay Singh is a better candidate than Rahul Gandhi.
This is not the first time that Singh has called for Swaraj to be named BJP`s prime ministerial candidate.
Last year as well, Singh had said it was Swaraj`s "right" to be seen as a contender for the prime minister`s chair.
"In British Parliament, the Leader of Opposition is considered the shadow prime minister. If we go by that system, Sushma should be the shadow PM here also. But I was surprised when Sushma declared someone else as the contender for PM... It is your right Sushmaji," Singh had said.
Downplaying the Congress leader`s comments, Swaraj had said that Singh had an old habit of creating disputes and was doing just that in the circumstances.
Contradicting Modi`s alleged remarks about Nehru not having attended Patel`s funeral, Singh cited the autobiography of former Prime Minister Morarji Desai saying it "confirms Nehru and Rajendra Prasad`s participation at the funeral in Mumbai".
"Modi must issue a public apology! Feku at his best," he said in a tweet, which also had a link to the autobiography of Desai.
Singh was referring to a statement reportedly made by Modi in Udaipur that Nehru had not attended India`s first home minister, Sardar Patel`s, funeral.
With PTI inputs