NEW DELHI: Disturbed by what it said was the Prime Minister's caricaturing of outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress decided to pay close attention to Narendra Modi 's speech and post an extempore rejoinder on the last day of monsoon session of Parliament.
And it managed to score a rare success in countering the BJP campaign of pitching Congress icons as "entitled" individuals by portraying Motilal Nehru, Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Sub hash Chandra Bose as men who sacrificed their comforts to lead the harsh life of independence struggle.
AICC managers expressed satisfaction at the way the battle of wits unfolded on Friday . Welcoming Venkaiah Naidu as the new VP , PM Modi said, "It is the strength of our constitution that Constitutional posts of India are now occupied by people whose background is of poverty , of rural life, of average families.They do not belong to affluent families." He said "it was the first time" that "people of such background" were in top positions.
However, Congress managers sniffed in the PM's celebration of the Constitution a back-handed compliment -to contrast the elevation of "humble" people under BJP with the "affluent" Congress icons. The Nehru family has long been a butt of attack for the saffron family.
Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad seized the opportunity . As if to rebut the PM's stress on "humble background", he said rise of individuals like Naidu from student politics to high positions, though a source of pride, had nothing to do with "poverty or affluence".