NCP leader Majid Memon (ANI Photo)
Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon on Monday made controversial remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking to news agency ANI, Memon said that prime minister talks like an illiterate man who ignores the fact that he is sitting on a constitutional post. “I think the prime minister talks like an illiterate, rude and layman person. He is sitting on a big constitutional post and a prime minister is not chosen randomly,” Majid said.
He was asked to comment on PM Modi’s remarks that many leaders are standing in prime minister’s queue in Opposition’s grand-alliance. "He should know an MP would be chosen from all the 543 constituencies and they will decide who will become the prime minister. These are the basics of our parliamentary democracy," he said.
He said that even Modi will become prime minister only when he gets a majority and MPs choose him their leader. "People’s mandate is given to MPs and not the prime minister since there is no direct election for the post," he added.
#WATCH Majeed Memon, NCP: Mujhe lagta hai ki Pradhan Mantri bhi ek anpadh, jahil ya raaste pe chalne wale aadmi ki tarah baat karte hain. Vo itne bade pad pe baithe hain, Unka pad ek sanvaidhanik pad hai, uss sanvaidhanik pad mein Pradhan Mantri raaste mein nahi chuna jata. pic.twitter.com/IczTw58QlH— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2019
Taking a dig at Opposition’s grand alliance that is yet to announce its PM candidate, Modi on Sunday said that the queue for prime minister’s post has got longer in 2019 than it was in 2014.
"When I was made a prime ministerial candidate, there was a queue for the PM’s post in 2014. Many wanted to become prime minister. The queue has got a bit longer now in 2019," Modi said while addressing his 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' event in Delhi.
The Opposition parties have united against the BJP and vowed to fight the 2019 elections together. Names of several leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, TMC leader Mamata Banerjee and BSP chief Mayawati, have been suggested for Opposition’s prime ministerial face. However, the parties are yet to come out with a common name.