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Modi slams eating non-veg food during Sawan, opposition leaders call it his ‘sick mindset’

Modi slams eating non-veg food during Sawan, opposition leaders call it his ‘sick mindset’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent remarks on political leaders consuming non-vegetarian food during the sacred month of Sawan have stirred up controversy and drawn sharp criticism from opposition leaders.

At a rally in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, Modi accused opposition figures of mocking the sentiments of the people by sharing videos of themselves indulging in non-vegetarian meals during Sawan, a significant period in the Hindu calendar.

The prime minister's comments, perceived by many as divisive and politically motivated, have sparked a heated debate over religious tolerance and the role of dietary choices in public discourse. Opposition leaders condemned Modi's statements, labelling them as reflective of a "sick mindset" and indicative of his nervousness ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Jairam Ramesh, a senior Congress leader, criticized Modi for resorting to "infantile and tiresome" politicking, accusing him of attempting to divert attention from pressing issues such as poverty and unemployment. Ramesh also alleged that a significant scheme aimed at providing breakfast for school children was vetoed by the finance ministry due to purported budgetary constraints.

Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of the Opposition in Bihar and a prominent figure in the Rashtriya Janata Dal, questioned Modi's priorities, emphasizing the need for addressing fundamental issues like poverty eradication and unemployment instead of engaging in religiously charged rhetoric.

Similarly, Rashtriya Janata Dal spokesperson Subodh Kumar Mehta condemned Modi's remarks, particularly his reference to party leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, and accused the prime minister of displaying signs of nervousness as the election season approaches.

The controversy surrounding Modi's comments underscores the deepening polarization in Indian politics, with religious and cultural sensitivities often exploited for electoral gains. Critics argue that such rhetoric not only distracts from substantive policy discussions but also exacerbates social divisions.

As the political discourse intensifies in the lead-up to the elections, Modi's remarks serve as a stark reminder of the challenges facing India's pluralistic democracy and the imperative for leaders to foster inclusivity and tolerance.

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