When Lata Mangeshkar endorsed Narendra Modi

Congress finds the legendary singer un-inetersted in politics while CPI calls her unaware of Indian history.

Bhartiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has found a new fan in in melody queen Lata Mangeshkar. The legendary singer has said that she would like to see Modi taking the top job.

The remark was made by the legendary singer at the inauguration ceremony of a hospital named after her father Deenanath Mangeshkar. The inauguration was done by Modi who, following the statement by Lata, addressed the gathering saying he was honoured to be invited for the event by the Mangeshkar family.

Lata, in a brief address, said “Narendrabhai is like my brother. All of us want to see him become the Prime Minister. On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, I hope our wishes would come true.”

Modi, on his part, lauded the Mangeshkar family saying they had, “with their divine voices, delighted crores of people making them stress-free with music and making their minds and bodies healthy”.

Hailing the phase two super-specialty project of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Modi underlined the importance of preventive health care and development of skilled manpower in the health sector.

Modi also said on this occasion that the country needed a comprehensive health policy to make health care affordable. “We do not need just health insurance but also health assurance,” he said, adding the common man should find health care affordable. With our talented doctors and technology, we can gain reputation in an era of health tourism,” he said.

Recalling the instance of a Pakistani girl who was operated on in a Bangalore hospital some time back, he said this act built a bridge of compassion touching hearts of all Pakistanis.

“With our talent and skilled manpower, India can carve a niche for herself in the world in the global health sector,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Congress Party said that the endorsement had no political significance.

Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said the veteran singer has prayed for Modi and there can be no restriction on offering prayers. “But I want to say that her remark in political terms should not be considered significant. She has served as member of Rajya Sabha for six years and in these six years in which there are 2190 days, she never spoke in the Parliament. From this, you can make out how much interested she is in politics,” he added.

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Kumar Anjan echoing similar sentiments said Mangeshkar is unacquainted with Indian history and politics so her remark does not hold strong. “She is the nightingale but she is not aware of Indian history and politics. She might have made such a remark out of love for Modi,” said Anjan.

Dismissing Lata’s remark is a big mistake that Congress or CPI might be making. Although they are right that she did not speak even once when in Parliament, but saying that she does not care about politics or was not acquainted with Indian History is a big mistake.

It not only disrespects Lata, the words also show how far the anti-Modi groups can go to dismiss anything which supports his rise.

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