Sns & ptI
New Delhi/Bemetra (Chhattisgarh), 14 November
Sensing that he has started a needless controversy which might cost his party its  pro-poor and  pro-backward caste image, Samajwadi Party leader, Mr Naresh Agarwal, today regretted taking a swipe at BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Mr Narendra Modi’s humble beginnings as a tea vendor.
“If my statement has offended any poor person then I regret making such a remark,” Mr Agarwal said
The clarification from the SP leader came a day after he made an objectionable reference to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s humble beginnings and said a tea seller cannot become the country’s Prime Minister. “Mr Narendra Modi wants to become a PM. Someone rising from a tea shop can never have a national perspective. It is like making a sipahi (constable) a  kaptan (Superintendent of Police). He can never have the SP’s approach but will have that of a constable,” the SP leader had said adding: “As far as the crowd is concerned, a ‘madari’ (street performer) also gathers it”.
Mr Agarwal made this controversial remark while addressing a gathering in Hardoi, during which he maintained that the Prime Minister of a country has to be a person of national stature.  The SP leader had triggered a controversy last month when he compared the BJP to a ‘widow’ and said that Mr Modi’s thoughts were like a CM and not a PM.
Modi slams Cong: Mr Narendra Modi today slammed the Congress for opposing opinion polls, saying fear of losing elections was the reason behind its “nonsensical” demand and “desperate” tactics.
Addressing a public meeting here, Mr Modi  launched a shrill attack against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.