Why Did Modi Not Object To Trump Calling Him 'Father Of India': Gehlot Hits Out At PM

Questioning Modi’s silence on Trump’s “Father of India” remark for him, Gehlot said that if the PM had regard for Mahatma Gandhi, he would have not remained silent.

Why Did Modi Not Object To Trump Calling Him 'Father Of India': Gehlot Hits Out At PM
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. PTI (File)
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 02 Oct 2019 03:54 PM
New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, on Wednesday, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked why did the PM not object when the US President Donald Trump called him the father of India, during  his recent visit to the country.

Questioning Modi’s silence on Trump’s “Father of India” remark for him, Gehlot said that if the PM had regard for Mahatma Gandhi, he would have not remained silent at that point of time.


"Today, on Gandhi Jayanti, I want to put my objection regarding the US president calling Modi the father of India and Modi not objecting to what Trump said. Why did Modi remain silent if he had any regard for Mahatma Gandhi," he said.

"If Modi truly respected Mahatma Gandhi, then he should have corrected the US president there that India has only one Father of Nation and his name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and no one else could take this place," Gehlot added.

The chief minister also accused the BJP and the RSS of not recognising Mahatma Gandhi for long.

"They did not recognise Gandhi in 70 years but now PM Modi, RSS and the BJP have started taking his name. They should apologise first for not recognising Gandhi," he told reporters at the Gandhi circle after attending a programme held to mark the birth anniversary of the leader.

He said just taking Mahatma's Gandhi's name was not sufficient, his principles should be adopted and followed, adding that there was a need to put to an end the atmosphere of hate, fear and violence in the country.

Gehlot also lauded the role of the former Congress-led UPA government for making it sure that Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary was celebrated as International Non-Violence Day all over the world.

(With PTI inputs)

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