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Congress seeks apology from Gadkari for ‘IQ’ remark

Mahim Pratap Singh
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BJP president Nitin Gadkari during a function in New Delhi on November 5, 2012. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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BJP president Nitin Gadkari during a function in New Delhi on November 5, 2012. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

The Congress has demanded an unconditional apology from Mr. Gadkari for comparing the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of Swami Vivekananda with that of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. At an awards function here on Sunday he had that while Swami Vivekananda used his intelligence to further the cause of nation-building and universal brotherhood, the underworld don had used it to become a dreaded criminal.

The Congress has slammed Mr. Gadkari for his remarks and said that he should apologise, failing which it will launch a nationwide protest against him . “This shows Mr. Gadkari is an agent of the RSS and speaks the Sangh’s language. It also shows that there is a strong link between the RSS and Islamic fundamentalists,” AICC general Secretary and the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Digvijay Singh, said. Congress workers even staged protests.

Leader of the Opposition in the State, Ajay Singh, and Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria also slammed Mr. Gadkari for his “derogatory and offensive remarks.” “[Mr.] Gadkari has insulted Swami Vivekananda,” Mr. Ajay Singh said.

BJP leaders defended Mr. Gadkari and said his remarks were taken out of context. State Industries and Commerce Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said Mr. Gadkari was merely using the example to point out what one could do with intelligence.

I like the way congress puts it. Even if some body says Swamiji is good and the don is bad it becomes derogatory.
Congress is getting desperate day by day and making a non-issue into a issue while they suck in Governance.

from:  senthil
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 17:07 IST

No one would even think of Swami Vivekananda and a don in the same
breath, leave alone speaking. By defending Mr. Gadkari against the
allegations on his questionable business practices and his latest
controversial speech, BJP has shown that it cares little for the
growing displeasure against the party.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 09:15 IST

What was faulty was Mr. Gadkari's diction and not his thoughts. He was trying to convey the
idea that some people use their intelligence for the good of mankind and some others for
indulging in destructive activities. It is unfortunate that he didn't use language carefully while
talking in public, thereby giving his detractors a field day for denigrating him.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 04:59 IST

Having mortgaged their intelligence, whatever they have, to the residents of
10,Janpath', the Congress leaders clearly have difficulty in understanding what others
say. One feels sorry for them.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 02:51 IST

Low IQ comment from Gadkari. Congress is politicizing the issue. Since
when did the 'secular' Congress care about the Hindu revivalist movement
under Swami Vivekananda.

from:  shouvik mukhopadhayay
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 02:19 IST

i am no supporter of Mr Gadkari, however, it seems Congress is making a
frivolous argument. What's wrong in drawing a comparison between the
characters of two individuals to show that IQ alone is not sufficient?
Though I wonder where Mr Gadkari received information about IQ test
results of Dawood and Swami Vivekananda. It's probably the only basis on
which Gadkari's analogy can be questioned. However, the basic argument
is valid - IQ / intelligence alone is no indicator of a person's

from:  vinayak
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 01:50 IST
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