New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday came out in defence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying that the Congress leaders were scared of him and attack his every remark.
“The whole medical fraternity is discussing the presence of anemia in not so poor sections of society and they are discussing various reasons. But Congress has a phobia for Modi and that is why it hears the name of Narendra Modi, it criticizes him,” said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.
The reasoning by Modi attributed his state’s high malnutrition rates to vegetarianism and figure-conscious girls drew flak from Congress party on Thursday.
Criticizing Modi for his statement, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said the remark was shameful.
” Narendra Modi has made an attack on the girls of the state by saying that in an attempt to look thin and maintain their figures they don’t eat and hence the problem of malnutrition. I believe this is an insult of the women of Gujarat, this is a shameful remark by Modi and it should be condemned,” he said.
Trying to be fit is a way of healthy living and to term it as malnutrition is just wrong. He is forgetting that the children in the villages of Gujarat are facing the problem of malnutrition. The most unfortunate saga of Gujarat is that they advertise the urban areas to draw investment but the villages are suffering,” Shukla added.
Earlier, Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma described Modi as a stigma on democracy.
” Modi is a disgrace to democracy and he likes to make such remarks which are baseless and vague,” Verma said.
Modi made the controversial statement during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He linked the state’s malnutrition to vegetarianism and figure-conscious girls.
“Gujarat is by and large a vegetarian state. And secondly, Gujarat is also a middle-class state. The middle-class is more beauty-conscious than health-conscious – that is a challenge. If a mother tells her daughter to have milk, they’ll have a fight. She’ll tell her mother, ‘I won’t drink milk. I’ll get fat’,” Modi said in the interview.
Modi’s bizarre reply came after he was reportedly asked about the high rate of malnourishment in children in his state. (ANI)