Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday termed as «despicable» Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's description of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a panauti (bad omen) for India's loss in the world cup finals against Australia.
«It’s such a despicable comment,” the FM told the media in Hyderabad when asked about Gandhi’s comments during the election campaign in Rajasthan that the Indian team almost won the game but lost due to 'bad omen' while addressing a campaign rally in Rajasthan.
“He (Rahul Gandhi) is continuing the Congress tradition of calling all abusive names for the PM. Is that how sport is going to be encouraged? Is that the route through which Congress wants to encourage sports in the country?” Sitharaman said, disapproving of the Congress leader’s remark.
The FM said the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the Modi government has resulted in wonderful victories, whether it is at the Asian Games, Olympics or even the Paralympics.