Narendra Modi v/s Shashi Tharoor: HC favours Gujarat CM

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Ahmedabad, Nov 10: Gujarat High Court on Thursday, Nov 8 dismissed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought action against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his controversial remarks on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Jignesh Goswami, a resident of Gita Mandir, Ahmedabad, had filed PIL, accusing Modi of making derogatory remarks against the PM, other politicians and their kins.

However, the High Court dismissed PIL overruling Mr Goswami's demand of asking chief election commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath and chief electoral officer (CEO) Anita Karwal to investigate various issues raised by him.

Modi earlier had made headlines with his statement on Tharoor's wife saying, "Wah kya girlfriend hai. Apne kabhi dekha hai 50 crore ka girlfriend (What a girlfriend. Have you ever seen a 50-crore-girl friend)?" [Read:Narendra Modi's "50cr girlfriend" remark irks Shashi Tharoor]

Modi's statement surfaced when UPA government inducted Tharoor once again in the cabinet. Modi said, "Everyone has heard about the minister, taken back on board and rewarded for his conduct. He claimed in the Parliament that he is in no way connected to the Rs 50 crore and that these are in his friend's name. Who has heard of a crorepati girlfriend? And then girlfriend becomes wife, we learn some time later."

The Gujarat CM had also mocked PM while addressing a crowd in Himachal Pradesh during election campaigning. Slamming the PM, Modi said, "Maun-Mohan Singh (Silent-Mohan Singh) broke his silence in Himachal Pradesh and hence has made headlines in all newspapers." [Read: Narendra Modi dares again, mocks PM Manmohan Singh]

The Prime Minister, who always faces criticism over his "silence", had visited Himachal and criticised BJP saying, "The Central government has provided 152 ambulances for this service in Himachal by giving full financial assistance. Likewise, the state government was also running the Centre's healthcare schemes with other names."

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