A day after Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said French seer Nostradamus predicted a 'Modi Era' 450 years ago, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday decided to outdo him in flattery by stating that the PM was "God's gift to India."
“Modi is a God’s gift for India. He is the messiah of the poor. He inherited challenges in each and every sector. He is steering clear of them," the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said. Naidu took the ruling dispensation's love for acronyms a step further by coining this gem: Modifier Of Developing India.
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“He (Modi) is decisive leader, Nationalist politician and provides progressive governance...India is recognised and respected as the most favoured destination for investment," Naidu said as proof of earnest devotion that some could argue even competed with the personality cult and fanaticism of the Congress the BJP leaders normally slammed in their speeches.
To emphasise Modi's global popularity, Naidu went on to state that “Narendra Modi made it to Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2015.” He said that Modi has over 18 million Twitter followers and 32 million Facebook likes, and that his “popularity has risen to the new level."
He also reminded party members that the PM's wax statue now will be unveiled in London’s Madame Tussauds museum.
In his briefing about the political resolution, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not refer to Naidu's effusive praise of Modi. And, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he “hadn’t heard Venkaiahji” on the matter to agree or disagree with him.
BJP members told The Telegraph that if Naidu's points had been incorporated in the document, the Congress would have swooped down on them to score points.
"They would have busted our claim of 'Congress-mukt Bharat' (India free of the Congress). We have always emphasised that the absence of dynastic leadership and a personality cult are standout features of the BJP," a BJP source told the newspaper.
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