Rahul Gandhi tagging PM Narendra Modi as a ‘panauti’ was one of many political jibes this election season. BJP hit back with the ‘mandbudhi’ label.
Gandhi attributed India’s world cup loss to PM Modi, who watched the game live in Ahmedabad. He called the PM a ‘panauti.’
The remark evoked strong reactions from the BJP camp. Many BJP leaders said the Wayanad MP was ‘Mandbudhi.’
The Election Commission later issued a show-cause notice to Gandhi. The poll body said ‘panauti’ falls under the definition of corrupt practice.
‘Panauti’ is a common Hindi word and means ‘bad omen.’ It is usually used for someone who brings bad luck with them.
‘Mandbudhi’, also an common Hindi word, means ‘half-witted’. It is used to describe someone who has average intelligence.
Indian Express reported ‘panauti’ is considered to be a difficult phase in a person’s life, adding that ‘panauti’ is also the goddess of troubles.