Mumbai/Nagpur: Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over controversial statements made by his parliamentarians, ally Shiv Sena said that in his clean India campaign, he should focus on cleaning the filth created by his MPs.
“PM Modi must cleanse his party of members like Gandhi under his flagship Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan,” Shiv Sena said in its mouthpiece Saamna.
Sena’s statement comes in the wake of remarks by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Dilip Gandhi that tobacco does not cause cancer. Gandhi, who is also the head of Parliamentary panel on subordinate legislation examining the provisions of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, had even added that tobacco consumers live more than 100 years.
He had said that there was no Indian study that showed the link between tobacco use and cancer and had asked government to stall the increase the size of pictorial warnings on all tobacco products from the current 40 per cent to 85 per cent.
Mocking at Gandhi, the Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece said, “Dilip Gandhi should be given the Nobel prize for his remark.”
Taking a firm stand against Gandhi for his remarks, Modi had asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to identify those MPs in the panel who have a conflict of interest.