Tejashwi slams Modi over 'mangalsutra' remark, highlights rising gold prices impacting women

Tejashwi Yadav criticized Modi's "mangalsutra" remark, highlighting women's struggle to afford gold due to inflation. He also blamed Modi for the loss of lives during COVID, demonetization, and conflicts with China. Exuding confidence in the RJD's victory in the Bihar elections, Yadav emphasized the choice between "NDA" (BJP alliance) and "INDIA" (RJD alliance). He implied that those not supporting "INDIA" were aligning with the BJP.

PTI | Patna | Updated: 24-04-2024 21:12 IST | Created: 24-04-2024 21:10 IST
Tejashwi slams Modi over 'mangalsutra' remark, highlights rising gold prices impacting women
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 'mangalsutra' remark, claiming that most women were not able to afford gold because of soaring prices.

Talking to reporters here, the former Bihar deputy chief minister also reminded the PM of lives lost during the COVID pandemic, because of hardships caused after demonetisation, in the Pulwama terror attack, and during clashes with Chinese troops at the border.

''The PM should tell us who is responsible for 'mangalsutras' being snatched (a metaphor for widowhood) from so many women during the outbreak of COVID, after demonetisation, in the Pulwama terror attack and skirmishes with Chinese troops along the border,'' said Yadav.

He was replying to queries about Modi's charge that the Congress, an ally of the RJD, has promised to snatch away belongings of common people, including 'mangalsutras' worn by women after marriage.

''Elections should be about issues. What is the point in talking about 'mangalsutras' when gold has become so costly that most women cannot afford it?'' Yadav added.

He exuded confidence that the RJD and its allies will win all five seats in Bihar where polling is scheduled in the second phase and reiterated that ''it is a choice between NDA and INDIA''.

The remark was an obvious reference to former Purnea MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who has entered the fray as an Independent after the Congress refused to give him a party ticket from the seat where the RJD has fielded JD(U) turncoat Bima Bharti.

''There are only two forces pitted against each other in these polls. On the one side is the NDA which poses a threat to the Constitution. On the other side is INDIA which wants to save the Constitution. If you are not with INDIA then you shall deemed to be with NDA,'' the RJD leader said, refraining from mentioning by name Pappu Yadav whom he has been accusing of being ''B-team of BJP''.

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