Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Choudhury kicked up a huge row when he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “gandi naali” if he is compared with Swami Vivekananda who can be called the River Ganga.
He was objecting to a statement by a BJA MP who compared Swami Vivekananda and PM Narendra Modi because both their names were similar. Vivekananda’s initial name was Narendranath Dutta.
However, Chowdhury sought to dismiss the allegation. He said his Hindi was not good and his statement was misunderstood. He also said he was ready to seek pardon if his statement had hurt the Prime Minister.
“A BJP MP compared Swami Vivekananda with PM due to a similarity in their names. This hurts the sentiments of Bengalis. At this point I told him: ‘you are provoking me. If you continue, I will say you are comparing Ganga with naali’. I didn’t say gandi naali. By naali I meant channel,” the Congress leader said.
Later, explaining the statement further, he said: “I was enraged when the BJP member equated Swami Vivekananda with Narendra Modi. By any stretch of imagination, it can’t be accepted,” he added.