*NEW DELHI: *The BJP has described a Time magazine article, which called Prime Minister Narendra Modi "India's divider-in-chief", as an attempt to malign his image, accusing its author of pursuing Pakistan's agenda. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference that article's author was a Pakistani and that nothing better can be expected from Pakistan.
He also took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for re-tweeting the story.
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The piece, which is a sharp criticism of PM Modi's leadership, has been written by Aatish Taseer, son of Indian journalist Tavleen Singh and late Pakistani politician and businessman Salmaan Taseer.
Patra said several foreign magazines had written stories critical of PM Modi in 2014 as well.
Calling the Prime Minister a unifier, the BJP spokesperson listed a number of welfare measures started by the Modi government to claim that the country was heading towards a new India under his "reforming, performing and transforming" agenda.
Patra also slammed Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his barbs at Modi, accusing Sidhu of making racist and sexist remarks.
Taking a swipe at Sidhu, Patra said he keeps making all sort of loose statements but has not spoken a word against Congress leader Sam Pitroda's "so what" remarks on 1984 anti-sikh riots.