2014 is going to be a big year as the country will witness General Elections. The two big parties of the country – The Indian National Congress and The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have turned themselves on full volume for election campaigning. Along with other mediums, social media is playing a big role at least for pointing fingers, verbal fights and creating controversies. The new controversy netizens are witnessing specially on Twitter is associated with Sardar Patel.

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, who is often addressed as ‘Sardar’ or Chief in Hindi, was one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. The social leader of India who played an unparalleled role in the country’s struggle for independence has suddenly become the center point of controversy, following an interview by Gujarat’s CM Narendra Modi.

While talking to Daily Bhaskar in an exclusive interview, Narendara Modi, who is quite excited about inaugurating the “Statue of Unity” in the state, stated that the country’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru was not present at the funeral procession of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Gujarat CM even claimed that Nehru hadn’t tried to contact Patel’s daughter Maniben even once after his death.

The Gujarat CM, who is building the 182 meter tall “Statue of Unity” in the memory of Sardar, is collecting iron from households from over seven lakh villages across India. The initiative that has already faced some objections from the Congress party, has now received a ferocious reply too on the statements made by Modi on Nehru’s absence at Patel’s funeral.

According to the Congress party, the thoughts shared by Modi are misleading and in fact Jawaharlal Nehru was present in the funeral of Sardar. This has led to a new fight on Twitter; Sardar Patel has been trending for some time now. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has been tweeting quite aggressively highlighting the fact that Nehru was indeed present at the funeral.

Link for Modi’s lie about Nehruji not attending Sardar Patel funeral -Exposed http://t.co/kSsY9fnOPU What a great LIER is this Modi !

— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 27, 2013

Modi in Dainik Bhaskar- Nehru didn’t attend Sardar Patel’s funeral. Pl see Morarji Desai’s Biography Vol 1 page 271

— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 27, 2013

It confirms Pt Nehru and Dr Rajendra Prasad’s participation in Sardar’s funeral in Mumbai.Modi must issue a Public Apology! FEKU AT HIS BEST

— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 27, 2013

Later today, Narendra Modi has tweeted back saying that the news daily had misquoted him. However, I couldn’t find any apology article on the same from Daily Bhaskar.

Divya Bhaskar has clarified on a statement about Sardar Patel’s funeral wrongly attributed to me. I thank them for it.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 29, 2013

This also has led to heat up the ongoing Twitter fight against the two parties. Some of the tweets that have been the maximum buzz are listed below:

Fact Vs Fiction | Patel Funeral Did Nehru Attend Sardar Patel’s Funeral? New Column in ET pic.twitter.com/HnDCDytpT8

— Dibang (@dibang) October 29, 2013

Sardar patel got Bharat Ratna in 1991 and Rajiv Gandhi also got in same year . || Patel got it after 41 years of his death .

— Pawan Durani (@PawanDurani) October 29, 2013

Class. PM Hits #Feku for a DLF Maximum with “It is an honour for me to be a part of the INC of which Sardar Patel was a lifetime member”

— Joy (@Joydas) October 29, 2013

Those who squandered & misused Gandhi’s persona & vision for India are accusing @narendramodi for taking on Sardar Patel’s legacy!! #Irony

— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) October 29, 2013

Sardar Vs Sardar (metaphorically) in battle for the legacy of the original Sardar (Patel) today? Will be interesting. MMS & Modi share stage

— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) October 29, 2013

ET Exposes Modi’s Lies ! Jawaharlal Nehru was very much present in Sardar Patel’s Funeral http://t.co/Tn9CFNhObc RT pic.twitter.com/qVeJYcAlEG

— रचित Seth (@rachitseth) October 29, 2013

Modi’s lie about Nehruji not attending Sardar Patel’s Funeral Exposed http://t.co/mbN7xf0QW6 pic.twitter.com/ZNAYnLjWgC

— With Congress (@WithCongress) October 28, 2013

These fights are only going to get dirtier. The 9 PM prime time fights on television can be witnessed on Twitter round the clock!

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