Only ‘Tai’ Can Admonish Me: Modi on Sumitra Mahajan

PM Modi talked about the work and influence of LS speaker Sumitra Mahajan who is not contesting the ongoing polls.

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PM Modi talked about the work and influence of Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
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Addressing an election rally in Indore on 12 May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for her "dedication" towards work and said that she was the only BJP leader who could admonish him.

“As the Lok Sabha speaker, ‘Tai’ (as Mahajan is popularly known in the constituency) has carried out her duties in a skillful and controlled way. It is because of this, she has left an indelible impression on the minds of people.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

"All of you know me as prime minister. But perhaps very few people know that in our party (BJP), if there is anybody who can admonish me, it is Tai," said Modi in the presence of Mahajan, who was seated on the dais.

"Tai and I have worked in the BJP together. The kind of dedication she has towards work, I assure the people of Indore that in terms of development of the city, none of Tai's wishes will be left unfulfilled," added Modi.

Mahajan, an eight-time MP, had last month opted out of contesting the general elections saying she had freed the party to make its choice.

The veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who turned 76 last month, had said that there had been speculations whether the party would field someone who has crossed the 75-year age bar.

However, she had maintained that she would continue to work for the BJP and campaign for it.

She is the first woman MP to win a record eight consecutive elections. In 2014, she had defeated her nearest rival, Satyanarayan Patel of the Congress, by a staggering margin of 4,66,901 votes.

The BJP had later announced the candidature of Shankar Lalwani for the Indore Lok Sabha seat.

Lalwani, who was earlier the chairman of the Indore Development Authority (IDA) chairman and president of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), is from the Sindhi community and is making his Lok Sabha poll debut.

He will be fighting against Congress's Pankaj Sanghvi.

Indore will enter the polling fray on 19 May, in the last phase of parliamentary polls.

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