AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a snake at an election rally in Gadag district on Thursday but clarified later in the day that his words were aimed at BJP and not Mr. Modi.
Addressing an election rally at Naregal in Gadag district on Thursday, Mr. Kharge said Mr. Modi was like a poisonous snake. ”If you try test whether it is poisonous or not, you will die,” he said.
However, later in the day, as BJP leaders took serious objection to his statement, addressing another rally in Ron in Gadag district, Mr. Kharge clarified that his words were not intended at Mr. Modi but BJP.
“What I meant was BJP is like a poisonous snake. Even if someone tastes it, death is certain. These words were not meant for Mr. Modi. Personally I don’t have any grudge against any individual,“ he said.
“BJP is mired in corruption. But if anyone questioned it he or she would be threatened with IT ED raids. That’s why Modi Government is like a snake,” he clarified.
Mocking Mr. Modi on his stance on corruption, Mr. Kharge said at the Naregal rally, “He [Mr. Modi] says ‘na khaoonga na khane doonga’’. But he does politics by allowing those taking 40% commission to sit beside him. He has come to destroy the nation by his ideology.”
He further said, “When the Opposition questioned the government, they spoke about his 56-inch chest. We are not checking his physique. We are measuring his works,“ he said.