How PM Narendra Modi’s earthquake comparison led to controversy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday again attacked the Congress, while speaking in the Lok Sabha. He also took a dig at Congress, blaming the opposition party for promoting dynasty politics in the country.

However, in a controversial statement, he equated the earthquake in Uttarakhand to the quake threatened by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. “An earthquake happened last night. I express my sentiments for those who have faced inconvenience in the affected regions. But, after all, the earthquake happened. I was thinking how this earthquake happened because we were hearing warnings about it for a long time,” Narendra Modi thundered in the Lok Sabha.

An earthquake of 5.8 on the Richter scale hit Uttarakhand on Monday night. Congress hit out on Modi’s statements through it official Twitter handle said, “PM Modi using a natural calamity, like earthquake, to make a political point shows the depths to which he will descend to.”

Narendra Modi photo

Narendra Modi. Photo courtesy of PMIndia.gov.in.

During his speech, Narendra Modi continued to defend demonetisation and also spoke on a number of other issues including the surgical strikes, allotment of funds by the government to several social sector schemes in the budget as well as the rural jobs scheme. He was replying to a discussion on the Motion of Thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee’s joint address to Parliament on the opening day of the budget session.


“Black money starts with cash. Like Swachh Bharat, the decision on demonetisation is a movement to clean India from corruption and black money. The timing of note ban was perfect,” Narendra Modi added.

Reacting to the criticism of keeping demonetisation a secret from everyone, including the Union cabinet, Narendra Modi went on to claim, “From the first day the government is saying that the government is ready for a discussion. You were interested in giving TV bytes but not hold a discussion because you thought that Modi may take advantage of the situation. If you look at the period before May 2014, there were voices raised from then opposition on how much money went in coal, 2G. It was a matter of happiness when voices were raised asking me how much money I got back.”

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