‘Manmohan Singh was there…’: Gautam Gambhir on Rahul Gandhi's ‘Panauti’ remark at PM Modi post ICC World Cup 2023 final
The final game of the ICC World Cup 2023 was held at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad. The finals against Australia, saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance. PM Modi had also visited the locker room and met ace cricketers Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma after the match.
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and former cricketer with the Indian Men's Cricket team, Gautam Gambhir, has spoken out, condemning Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's ‘Panauti’ jibe over India's ICC World Cup 2023 loss against Australia.
BJP MP Gautam Gambhir felt Rahul Gandhi's comment on PM Modi was unwarranted.
Gautam Gambhir also talked about 2011 World Cup semi-final, where Dr. Manmohan Singh, the then Prime Minister of the country, was in attendance to watch India take on Pakistan in Mohali.
"The word that was used, 'panauti', it is probably the worst word that could've been used against anyone, particularly a prime minister of this country. In the 2011 Cricket World Cup semi-final, Dr. Manmohan Singh was there. Had we lost that match and he had come to meet us, what would've been wrong in that?," said Gambhir in an interview with ANI.
The BJP had approached the Election Commission of India against Rahul Gandhi's ‘panauti’ jibe against PM Modi. The Election Commission (EC) had issued a show-cause notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his "panauti", "pickpocket" and "loan waiver for the super rich" jibes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir also found himself embroiled in controversy after former pacer S Sreesanth alleged that Gautam Gambhir had called him a "fixer" during a match.
The two World Cup-winning players were involved in a heated exchange during an Eliminator match between LLC teams Indian Capitals and Gujarat Giants in Surat on Wednesday.
"He kept on calling me 'fixer fixer, you are a fixer, **** off you fixer on live television on centre wicket," Sreesanth said while going live from his Instagram handle.
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