Was the Vajpayee government a 'major sarkar': the Congress beats back after PM Modi's speech
PM Modi's speech at the BJP's national convention led to a sharp counter by Congress. Senior party MP Ahmed Patel used Swami Vivekananda's quote "Ignorance is the mother of all evil," to take a dig at Modi's claim that his government had faced no charges of corruption. Patel's jibe was followed by that of Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari, who played on Modi's reference to a 'gathbandhan ki sarkar' as a 'majboor' (helpless) sarkar. "The PM should clarify whether the gathbandhan government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a 'majboor sarkar'," Tewari said.