The genesis of the controversy lay in an interview with news agency Reuters where Mr Modi came up with the "puppy" analogy while talking about the deadly riots in his state in 2002.
"Even If I am in the back seat of a car and a puppy (kutte ka bachcha) comes under the wheels, isn't it painful? It is. Whether I am a chief minister or not, I am a human being - I will be sad if something bad happens anywhere," he had said. (Read the full interview here)
In a matter of hours, it kicked a massive storm with parties, including Congress, slamming the Chief Minister's statement as "insensitive and reflective of his mindset" over the death of Muslims in the riots. (Who said what)
Caught in the eye of the storm, the Chief Minister himself had earlier tweeted to say, "In our culture, every form of life is valued and worshipped." His party too strongly rallied around him, rejecting the entire controversy as "despicable" and one "created where it does not exist".
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