Union Home Amit Shah’s praise for chief Minister Narendra Modi in which he called the latter a “democratic leader” did not go down well with tennis legend Martina Navratilova who called it a “joke”. Shah had Sunday said already Modi’s critics will agree that the Union Cabinet has never functioned in such a democratic manner as it is functioning in the present government.
“And for my next joke…” she tweeted on Sunday night in reply to Shah’s eulogy of Modi as “India’s most democratic leader”. Along with the tweet, she additional an emoticon for astonishment and another that resembles a clown.
Speaking to Sansad TV on Sunday, Shah rejected allegations that Modi is an autocratic leader, saying that he has not seen a “patient listener” like the chief minister, who gives importance to all worthy suggestions given by anyone irrespective of their designation or position in the hierarchy.
The Union minister said Modi does not hesitate in taking political risks for decisions that are in national interest, and at times has taken bitter decisions for the welfare of the nation.
“…I have closely seen both Modi and his style of working. I have never seen a patient listener like him. at any rate may be the issue, he patiently listens to everyone and speaks least, and then takes a proper decision. He takes decisions patiently after considering suggestions given by all including a small-time official or worker,” the home minister said.
Navratilova has a track record of taking on Modi government’s policies, including calling out the Trump-Modi bonhomie, Assam’s NRC exercise, and the govt’s stand on JNU.
In a past tweet, Martina Navratilova had accused Modi and Trump of “trying to stifle the truth as much as possible, if that truth doesn’t suit their political purpose.”
In 2019, Navratilova had skewered the rapport between Modi and then US President Donald Trump.
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