New Delhi(PTI): BJP today took a dig at Arun Shourie, a former party veteran, over his sharp criticism of Narendra Modi, saying he was unable to hear the Prime Minister because he had not learnt to listen to others and was being “carried away by emotions”.
“The problem is not that Modi is not speaking. The problem is that Arunji is not listening. The day he learns to listen to others, he will stop talking like this,” BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar said reacting to Shourie’s sharp criticism of Modi over his “silence” on incidents of “intolerance” like Dadri lynching and beef row.
Quoting Modi’s statements on the issues, including an interview in a Bengali daily, Akbar said Modi had spoken several times on these controversies.
Asked why the one-time supporter of Modi and also former Union Minister in the previous NDA government had turned a critic, he told a press conference that Shourie was “unable to see and listen in the darkness of his emotions”.
Akbar declined to elaborate, saying those who can understand will understand what he meant.
Several BJP leaders have alleged that Shourie’s criticism of Modi government sprang from his not being given a ministerial berth.
Shourie had yesterday accused Modi of deliberately maintaining silence on incidents like Dadri lynching while his ministerial and party colleagues kept the issue “alive” merely to win Bihar elections.