NEW DELHI: Attacking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday raised question over PM’s decision to meditate in Kedarnath, wondering what message does the prime minister wants to give the nation now.
Gahlot said, “Today he is sitting in a cave wearing ‘bhagwa’ (saffron). God knows, what message he wants to deliver. Everybody has been watching him.”
The remark of Gahlot came after PM Modi on Saturday offered prayers at Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand and after offering prayers at the temple, he went inside a nearby cave to meditate. Later, his photographs were shown by TV channels in which PM Modi was seen meditating covering himself with a saffron shawl.
Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also took a potshot at PM Modi, tweeting a picture of him walking on a “red carpet” in Kedarnath temple. “True devotees sacrifice their ego and arrogance before going to the abode of God, not after laying a red carpet. Modi ji, hope you know that much,” Surjewala said on Twitter. On Sunday, PM Modi is scheduled to visit Badrinath temple.
Gehlot slammed PM Modi for maintaining a stoic silence important issues like unemployment, agrarian crisis, economy and foreign policy and only talking about only issues like nationalism and religion. Gehlot said, “See their face and body language during the press conference. The country has seen the message they gave. (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi had challenged them to debate but they backed off. Why they stayed away from talking about issues? What they did in five years? What was their vision? They talked (only) about their campaigning and strategy.”