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Rahul accuses PM Modi of insulting ‘mentor’ Advani

MUMBAI

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of insulting his “mentor” L K Advani despite Hinduism teaching how a “guru” was the most important person in an individual’s life.

Addressing a rally of party workers here, Gandhi said Modi did not treat his guru (Advani) with respect even at official functions.

“Everybody knows who is the guru and mentor of Modi — L K Advani. But the Prime Minister doesn’t accord respect to him even at official functions. It is me who follows protocol and I am always with him (Advani) during (such) events,” he said.

“Today I feel very sad for Advani ji. The Congress party has given him more respect than Modi ji has,” he said.

The Congress president said his party fought and defeated Advani in 2004 and 2009 parliamentary elections. “Now it is the Congress and our party’s ideology which give respect to Advani,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi said he was the first to pay a visit to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after his hospitalisation yesterday. “We believe Vajpayee has contributed to the country,” he said.

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