New Delhi, Jan 15 (uni) The Congress and Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday engaged in a war of words on party president’s jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on recieving Kotler award.
After Smriti Irani, hitting back at Rahul Gandhi after his tongue and cheek wish for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was given the Philip Kotler Presidential award for his leadership, said that his own family had conferred the Bharat Ratna, country’s top honour, on themselves, the congress responded by charging the Union Minister of propagating fake news.
”Nothing travels faster than #FakeNews especially when propagated by certain Union Ministers, but just as well, nothing is stronger than the truth,”the Congress posted on its official Twitter handle.
The party also posted on its official Twitter handle a news report that sought to counter Irani’s claim that members of the Gandhi family had conferred the Bharat Ratna, country’s top honour, on themselves, an apparent reference to former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
The report said that while Mr Nehru was conferred the award in 1955 by the then President Rajendea Prasad for “successfully Indua as an international player in the context of the on going cold war”, Mrs Indira Gandhi was conferred the award in 1971 by the then President V V Giri for “steering India to a victory in the 14 say war with Pakistan over East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Rahul Gandhi had said that he wants to “congratulate” PM Modi on winning “the world famous” prize that has no jury.
In a post on social media, Rahul, in a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ tweet, said,’’I want to congratulate our PM, on winning the world famous “Kotler Presidential Award”! In fact it’s so famous it has no jury, has never been given out before and is backed by an unheard of Aligarh company.Event partners: patanjali and Republic TV.’’
BJP Leader Smriti Irani, however, hit back at Rahul for his jibe.In a tweet, Smriti Irani, who was among the first to congratulate the Prime Minister on receiving the award, said,’’Rich !!! Coming from a person whose illustrious family decided to confer the ‘Bharat Ratna’ on themselves.”
PM Modi received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award in Delhi on Monday. The award focuses on the triple bottom-line of ”people, profit and planet”.
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