PM Modi’s Comment on ‘Political Damads’ Seen as Dig at Robert Vadra
Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today criticized dynastic politics and made a remark on political sons-in-law that was seen as a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
PM Modi was speaking in Jammu, on the centenary of veteran politician Girdhari Lal Dogra, whose son-in-law is Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
“Mr Dogra was a good judge of character. The example is the sons in law he chose,” the prime minister said, drawing applause and laughs from his audience at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium of the Jammu University.
“In this case, the son-in-law is not known for his father-in-law. There are some sons in law who do not bask in their in-laws’ glory. We all know how political damads (sons in law) can be,” he quipped.
The comment appeared to be targeted at Mr Vadra, whose controversial land deals have repeatedly been held up by the BJP as the prime example of corruption during the previous Congress-led rule.
Criticising dynastic politics, PM Modi also labored the point that Mr Dogra kept his family away from his political life.
“Not a single person of his family is seen in his photographs. It is a big thing that in such a long political career, with such close association with the powerful, he had not a single family member in his photographs. His family can be seen in only one photograph, that of his funeral. It is a message for politics today,” he said.