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Time magazine article author pursuing Pak's agenda of maligning Modi: BJP

The piece, a sharp criticism of Modi's leadership, has been written by Aatish Taseer, son of Indian journalist Tavleen Singh and late Pakistani politician and businessman Salmaan Taseer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi
Prime minister Narendra Modi | Photo: PTI

The BJP on Saturday slammed a Time magazine article, which called "divider in chief", as an attempt to malign Modi's image, accusing its of pursuing Pakistan's agenda.

told a press conference that article's was a Pakistani and that nothing better can be expected from He also took a swipe at for retwitting the story.

The piece, a sharp criticism of Modi's leadership, has been written by Aatish Taseer, son of Indian and late Pakistani

Patra said several foreign magazines had written stories critical of Modi in 2014 as well.

Calling the a unifier, the listed a number of welfare measures started by the to claim that the country was heading towards a new under his "reforming, performing and transforming" agenda.

Patra also slammed 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 Sam Pitroda's "so what" remarks on 1984 anti-sikh riots.

Pitroda, a and Overseas Congress' head, on Thursday said, 'hua to hua' (So what, it happened) about the anti-Sikh riots. He made this remark in response to a question on the riots by a newsman in Dharamshala in

Patra claimed Sidhu was targetting Modi at the behest of who, he alleged was also involved in the riots.

Sidhu at a poll rally had asked people to defeat "kale angrez", in an apparent attempt to liken the to the British rule before independence.

The Congress had also claimed that Modi was like a bride who makes noise from her bangles to give an impression that she was working hard but did not really work.

Patra said these remarks showed the Congress' mindset.

In a swipe at the opposition party over the Italian origin of its former Sonia Gandhi, he said the Congress should not be very arrogant about its Italian colour as this will disappear on May 23, when Lok Sabha poll results will be out.

has featured on the cover of its international edition with a controversial headline and a secondary one that reads "Modi the Reformer" as the country enters the final phase of the mammoth

The American magazine's May 20, 2019 international editions - the Europe, and Africa, and - feature the Modi cover story with the main headline "India's Divider in Chief" while the US edition has a cover story on Democrat Elizabeth Warren who is running for the in 2020.

The article also said the opposition Congress party had little to offer other than the dynastic principle.

First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 15:06 IST