New Delhi: Narendra Modi, on Friday, suddenly found himself in the midst of a controversy of seemingly scandalous proportions because of a comment, which can be framed as "puppy comment", which made his political rivals practically unite to attack him over this comment.
The origin of the controversy lay in an interview with news agency Reuters where Mr Modi came up with the "puppy" analogy while talking about the deadly riots in his state in 2002.
"Even If I am in the back seat of a car and a puppy (kutte ka bachcha) comes under the wheels, isnt it painful? It is. Whether I am a chief minister or not, I am a human being - I will be sad if something bad happens anywhere," he had said.
In a matter of hours, it kicked a massive storm with parties, including Congress, slamming the Chief Ministers statement as "insensitive and reflective of his mindset" over the death of Muslims in the riots.
But in a firm defence, Mr Modis office, in a statement issued late on Friday, clarified, "In response to a question related to the unfortunate incident of 2002, Mr. Modis response only shows a heightened sensitivity on his part where he chose an anecdote to explain the grief that a human being would experience on even the hurt of a dog. To talk about an incident that resulted in loss of human lives and not feel the grief is unthinkable."
Caught in the eye of the storm, the Chief Minister himself had earlier tweeted to say, "In our culture, every form of life is valued and worshipped." His party too strongly rallied around him, rejecting the entire controversy as "despicable" and one "created where it does not exist".
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