Narendra Modi invokes Lata Mangeshkar, Bharat Ratna controversy again

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Modi and Lata Mangeshkar
Patna, May 9: Continuing his countrywide campaigns, Narendra Modi reached Motihari, Bihar on Friday, May 9. The prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) addressed the rally where at least lakh of his supporters gathered at the venue.

Hitting out at Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Modi invoked the controversy involving Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar and Bharat Ratna which was conferred to her by Congress-led UPA government.

Speaking about several incidents when people faced Congress's wrath for praising the Gujarat Chief Minister who is now all set to become the next prime minister of the country. And Lata Mangeshkar was one among them.

Madam, You keep using terms like 'unch', 'neech', it does not look good: Modi

The BJP leader said that a Kerala minister was asked to give an explanation by the state government for meeting him (Modi) and a Congress leader demanded that the Bharat Ratna award conferred on melody queen Lata Mangeshkar be taken back for praising him.

"What type of politics is this? Who started the politics of untouchability in the country? The same people who do votebank politics had started the politics of untouchability," said Modi while referring to Congress and its leaders.

Without taking Mrs Gandhi's name directly, Modi said, "Madam you are a party President. You keep using terms like 'unch' and 'neech', it does not look good."

This was not the first time when Modi openly criticised Congress for attacking Lata Mangeshkar. He earlier had claimed that Congress does not follow the rule of democracy, rather the party depends on CBI. Modi accused Congress of using CBI to blackmail other party leaders forcing them to dole out support for them.

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