Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe at Congress-led opposition in parliament today, amid protests over BJP MP Ananthkumar Hegde’s remarks about Mahatma Gandhi this week, sarcastically asking protesting parliamentarians: “Bas, itna hi? Aur kuch (Is that all? Is there anything else?)”. As he stood up to speak, the opposition benches had begun chanting: “Mahatma Gandhi amar rahe (Long live Mahatma Gandhi)”.
Minutes after the Prime Minister’s question, the Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who is his party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, rose to declare: “Yeh to abhi trailer hai (This is just the trailer)”, to which PM Modi, whose BJP has been repeatedly accused of attacking Gandhi, responded: “Aapke liye Gandhi trailer ho sakte hain… humare liye Gandhi-ji zindagi hain (Gandhi may be a trailer for you… for us he is life itself)