Taking a dig at the BJP president, Congress party leader on Monday, Nov 5 asked BJP about their reaction if Gadkari's IQ was compared with Ajmal Kasab's, the sole captured terrorist involved in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
Congress leader Jagdambika Pal chided, "...this is the bankruptcy of Gadkari's mind. What is the justification of comparison of Saint Swami Vivekananda to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim? If somebody will ask tomorrow from Gadkari or will compare Gadkari's mind of excellence with Kasab what reply will the BJP give."
Manish Tewari, who has recently been inducted in UPA cabinet as Information and broadcasting minister, stated, "Yet another manifestation of their culture and mentality. How can anyone compare one of India's foremost thought leaders with a criminal or with somebody who has clearly dubious and notorious records."
Speaking about Gujarat Chief Minister's devotion for Vivekananda, Tewari also quoted as saying, "BJP leaders like Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi who professes loyalty and sincerity to the ideals of Swamy Vivekananda, on the other, the party chief was comparing the spiritual leader to Dawood Ibrahim."
Citing criticism, Gadkari on Monday took a U-turn while asserting that he was misquoted. Clarifying his stand on the controversy, Gadkari said, "I did not make any comparison between Swami Vivekananda and Dawood Ibrahim... I said if one used one's intelligence properly then one could become a Vivekananda and vice versa."
Earlier on Sunday, while speaking at an award ceremony in Bhopal, Gadkari was quoted as saying, "As per psychology, if we can compare the IQ level of Swami Vivekananda and that of Dawood Ibrahim, then it could have been almost the same. But Vivekananda used it in nation-building, brotherhood and spiritualism while Dawood used that in excelling in the crime world."