Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed NCP chief Sharad Pawar over the latter’s remarks on his family.
Addressing an election rally on 15 April, Pawar had mocked the PM saying that he doesn’t know how to run a family.
Today, at an election rally in Maharashtra’s Akluj, the PM came down heavily on Pawar for raising questions about his family.
“He can say whatever he wants about my family. He’s my elder and can speak as per his culture. But for me, all the poor in this country are my family,” Modi said in the Madha parliamentary constituency in Western Maharashtra.
“I have been inspired by the family traditions of the greats like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Rajguru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Veer Savarkar and others,” Modi shot back.
At a political event on Tuesday, the NCP chief had said, “I wanted to ask him: what does he have to do with issues at my home? But then I realised I’ve my wife, daughter. Son-in-law, nephews visit us. But he has no one.”
He was responding to the PM’s relentless attacks and accusations on NCP’s dynastic politics.
“How will he (PM Modi) know how to run a family? That’s why he peeps in others’ homes. I can say more also but I don’t want to stoop to low-level,” Pawar said at the rally.
Pawar had previously said that PM Modi leads a lonely life and is not aware how a house runs.
“He targets me and my family quite often these days, but doesn’t know how a family runs. It will be better if he keeps his nose out of my family,” Pawar reportedly said at a rally in Beed district’s Ashti.
The Madha Lok Sabha constituency, partly in Solapur district, is adjacent to Pune district’s Baramati, which has been the stronghold of the Pawar clan for over five decades.
Sharad Pawar is not contesting the elections. He was recently criticised by late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal for saying that the former Defence Minister relinquished his post at the Centre and returned to Goa because he did not agree with the Rafale fighter jet deal.