Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah hits out at PM Modi for dyslexia jibe


BENGALURU: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his political potshot at Congress president Rahul Gandhi while answering a question by a student on dyslexia.

"Just came across a video of our Narendra Modi taking political potshots using the name of dyslexic people. Shame on you Modi!! You just can't go below this. Your insensitivity can't be washed away by dipping in any river. They may be slow in learning but not heartless like you." Siddaramaiah tweeted.

Earlier, Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao had hit out at Modi for the same.

"If there was ever a classless crude Prime Minister India has seen, here's one. Yuck!" Rao tweeted on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced searing criticism on social media on Sunday as a video clip showing him cracking a joke on dyslexia.

He made the joke during a live interaction with thousands of students, who participated in a competition to find technology-driven solutions to tackle issues related to women and children

During the video interaction, a girl sought to know from Modi the measures taken by the government to benefit dyslexic children.

"We have an idea to help dyslexic children, whose pace of learning and writing is very slow. But they have a high intelligence and creativity level as you have seen in the movie Taare Zameen Par..." the student had asked.

Before she even finished her question, the prime minister made a comment purported to be a political jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Modi had asked the student whether the scheme for dyslexic people she was talking about would benefit a 40 or 50-year-old child.

"Will this program work for a 40-50-year-old child too?" PM Modi had asked.

"Then that will make the mothers of such children very happy," he added.

Subsequently, the Goa unit of the student wing of the Congress, National Students' Union of India, has complained against PM Modi to President Ram Nath Kovind, the United Nations and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for allegedly discriminating dyslexic children.


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