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“Distasteful”: Shiv Sena Reacts Over Obama’s Remarks On Rahul Gandhi

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut questioned Barack Obama’s knowledge about India and said that a foreign politician cannot give such opinions on Indian political leaders.

After former US President Barack Obama, in his memoir “A Promised Land”, made remarks about Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut questioned Barack Obama’s knowledge about India and said that a foreign politician cannot give such opinions on Indian political leaders.

“A foreign politician cannot give such opinions on Indian political leaders. The subsequent domestic political discourse on Obama’s remark on the Congress leader is distasteful. We won’t say ‘Trump is mad’. How much does Obama know about this nation?” Sanjay Raut said.

According to a review of the book published in the New York Times, the former US president wrote in his memoir that Rahul Gandhi was “eager to impress” but “lacked either the aptitude or the passion” to master the subject.

The comments made rounds on social media with Congress defending its leader.

“Obama and Rahul Gandhi must have met briefly, probably 8-10 years ago when he came to India as US President. To assess someone in few meetings is tough. Rahul Gandhi’s personality has changed since then, he has gained a lot of experience,” said Congress leader Tariq Anwar.

The coalition of  Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP, called Maha Vikas Aghadi, recently completed a year in office. Sanjay Raut said that the Uddhav Thackeray-led government will make the state stronger in the coming four years.

“Last year, same time, we were on the verge of forming the government in Maharashtra. Back then, nobody imagined a Shiv Sena leader to become the chief minister here. In the last one year, we have faced challenges in terms of climatic adversity and the COVID-19 pandemic. We have kept patience and acted with caution,” Sanjay Raut said.

“In the coming four years, it is our aim to form a credible bond with the 11 crore citizens of Maharashtra. I advise the opposition parties in the state to work for the welfare of the public and help us in building a strong state in the coming years,” the Shiv Sena MP said.

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