New Delhi: Downplaying Rahul Gandhi’s jibe during Congress rally in Bhubaneswar, Odisha chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today took it in a lighter note, saying ‘Bilkul Bakwas’.
He said ‘Bilkul Bakwas’ and smiled at the media persons when they sought his reaction on Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that he is being remote-controlled by Prime Minister Modi.
On BJP’s claim that Naveen is scared of Modi’s popularity, the chief minister concluded his reaction in one line, saying ‘that is not true.’
Similarly, responding to newsmen on the recent controversy over his sister Gita Mehta’s refusal to accept Padma Shri, Naveen replied “My sister has the right to do whatever she desires”. Patnaik was here to review the Central projects in Odisha.
Rahul Gandhi had targeted PM Modi and CM Naveen Patnaik at a rally in Bhubaneswar on January 25 and dubbed Naveen as ‘junior partner’ of Modi. He had alleged that Narendra Modi “remote-controls” Patnaik, who heads the state’s ruling Biju Janata Dal. The Congress president had also accused Modi and Patnaik of doing their marketing through industrialists.
“Modi presses the button and Naveen acts. Odisha is now being governed from Nagpur (RSS) and Delhi because the government here is corrupt”, Gandhi had said while addressing a mega rally.