Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a dig at dynastic politics in his speech in Jammu and Kashmir. He appeared to make a veiled attack at Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
PM Modi was speaking at an event in Jammu to commemorate the birth centenary of former state minister Girdhari Lal Dogra, a Congress politician whose son-in law is Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
“Both (Dogra and Jaitley) took their own routes in public life. But today, we know what kind of talk is going on because of son-in-laws,” he said, in an apparent reference to Vadra who is embroiled in controversies related to land deals.
Several political leaders were present at the event. Apart from Arun Jaitley, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karan Singh were present at the event.
Even though Modi took a jibe at Robert Vadra, he praised Girdhari Lal Dogra. Modi said Dogra was a tall Congress leader who 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.
In his speech at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium of Jammu University Modi also disapproved of political untouchability.
“There should not be political untouchability. Everybody in public life works with certain ideology but he lives and dies for the nation. We should be proud of them and have equal regard for anybody who has worked and died for the nation, irrespective of their political ideologies and affiliations.”
Interestingly, before Modi spoke Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, in his speech, called Dogra “24 carat Congressman”, who never “compromised with regionalism, casteism and communalism.”
“Today in politics, there is a need to ensure that our heritage is not divided. This is a matter of concern,” explained Modi while talking about the tussle political parties indulge in to claim the legacy of national leaders.