For his “outstanding leadership of the nation” the Philip Kotler award was bestowed to PM Modi on Monday, but failed to impress the undisputed Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
On Tuesday , Rahul Gandhi derided Prime Minister Narendra Modi on receiving the Philip Kotler Presidential Award saying he wants to congratulate the PM for winning an award that is “so famous it has no jury”.
Sharing an article that looks at the origin and background of the Philip Kotler Presidential Award, Rahul Gandhi also said that the world famous award “has never been given out before & is backed by an unheard of Aligarh company”.
“Event Partners: Patanjali & Republic TV,” Gandhi added.
I want to congratulate our PM, on winning the world famous “Kotler Presidential Award”!
In fact it's so famous it has no jury, has never been given out before & is backed by an unheard of Aligarh company.
Event Partners: Patanjali & Republic TV 🙂https://t.co/449Vk9Ybmz
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 15, 2019
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also took a jibe and wrote on Twitter, “My personal congratulations to Narendra Modi for winning the world’s ‘first-ever’ ‘very confidential award’. No one else could have won this award.”
On Monday, Modi was handed the Philip Kotler Presidential Award for his “outstanding leadership of the nation”.
The award focuses on the triple bottom-line of people, profit and planet. It will be offered annually to the leader of a nation, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The article shared by Rahul Gandhi says the event was sponsored by public sector company GAIL India along with Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali and BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar-owned Republic TV.
Several BJP leaders and Union ministers took to Twitter on Monday to congratulate the PM and also list out the other awards he has won in the past.
Philip Kotler is a professor of marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Owing to his ill health, Jagdish Sheth of Emory University, Georgia was deputed to confer the award on Modi.