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India needs leader with 56-inch chest, not those fleeing battlefield: Rajnath’s swipe at Rahul

India needs leader with 56-inch chest, not those fleeing battlefield: Rajnath’s swipe at Rahul
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Rohtak, May 3 (PTI) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday asserted that India needs a leader with a 56-inch chest and not someone who flees from battle, as he mocked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for “running away” from Amethi and instead contesting from Rae Bareli.

People like Gandhi want to lead the country, the senior BJP leader said in a swipe at the former Congress president at a public meeting here and claimed that many Congress leaders wanted Gandhi to contest from Amethi but he chose to run away.

“He could not gather the courage to contest from Amethi… I am concerned that he may be given a different name after running away from this battle,” Singh said wryly.

“People like him (Gandhi) want to lead the country. One should have a 56-inch chest to lead the country,” he said, praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership for India’s growing economy and global power.

Modi has often described himself as a leader with a 56-inch chest to make a point about him being strong and decisive.

The Congress earlier announced that Gandhi would contest from the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat and not Amethi, the constituency from where he lost to the BJP’s Smriti Irani in 2019 after representing it for three consecutive terms.

His mother Sonia Gandhi has been winning from the Rai Bareli seat since 2004 and has now become a Rajya Sabha MP.

When the elections are finished, the Congress toll will be finished, Singh claimed, slamming the opposition party over Pakistani leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain’s praise for Rahul Gandhi. Hussain had earlier supported the Pulwama terror attack in India, he told the crowd.


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