Congress should get Oscar for mushrooming slums: Modi

March 3rd, 2009 - 10:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra ModiThane, March 3 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday poked fun at the Congress, saying it should get an Oscar since it was under the party’s rule that “slums had mushroomed in the country” and but for this, “Slumdog Millionaire” would not have been made.
Speaking at an election rally here, Modi said: “If Congress had not been around, slums would not have been there. If slums had not existed there would not be any slumdogs and consequently the movie (Slumdog Millionaire) would not have been made.”

“So, the Oscar should go to the Congress,” said Modi, who the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put in charge of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.

Reacting strongly to Modi’s remarks, Congress spokesperson and Minister of State for Home Affairs Shakeel Ahmad said: “We are not surprised. Modi is a person of perverted mind. He can say things.”

Ahmed told IANS: “While the country has welcomed the Oscar winning spree of our artistes and the entire world is appreciating the creativity of Indian artistes, a person like Modi with a perverted mind cannot appreciate the beauty of art and our artistes.”

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