Rahul never disrespected Deve Gowda, says Congress after Modi’s attack


Bengaluru, May 3: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has not shown any disrespect towards JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda as claimed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the party said.
Hitting back, the Congress said it was Modi who “disrespected” his two predecessors — Manmohan Singh and Gowda — and sought an apology from him for it.
“There was no disrespect ever towards Deve Gowda by Rahul Gandhi… it is not the Congress’ culture to insult,” deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma told reporters in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Modi, addressing an election rally on Tuesday, had lashed out at Gandhi for “insulting” Gowda, saying it showed his “arrogance”.
Accusing the prime minister of assaulting the dignity of his office with his expressions and language, the Congress leader said Modi had said things during his campaign speeches that were not true.
“This government’s very foundations are on false promises, lies, deceit, propaganda and boastful claims,” Sharma alleged and said Modi and his government were in the “departure lounge”.
“When Deve Gowda ji was prime minister, his government had full support of the Congress party. Rahul Gandhi has not said anything derogatory about Shri Deve Gowda,” he said.
Sharma alleged that Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah had created an “opportunistic understanding and unholy nexus” with the JD(S), and that was the reason a criticism was levelled.(PTI)