New Delhi: There seems to be an interesting face-off between Union Telecom Minister and Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Sibal, among the most vocal critics of the BJP, has gifted Akash tablets to the Gujarat leader.
Gifting Modi the Akash tablets, Sibal said, "Woh toh Paataal mein rahte hain, humne unke haath mein Akash (Tablet) de diya hai" (He stays in netherworld, I have given Akash in his hand).
Sibal's gift follows Modi's taunts directed at him over the Akash tablet. Modi, in his Teachers Day speech, had ridiculed Sibal for failing to launch the Akash tablet, saying the UPA's publicised tablet Akash hasn't taken off the ground.
"I want to tell students that 11 months ago a Minister of the Congress-led UPA government, Kapil Sibal, had organised a big event at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, and launched Aakash tablet in the presence of country's top most media," Modi had told a gathering on the occasion of Teachers Day.
"He (Sibal) had stated that the world's cheapest low-cost PC would be made available to students at Rs 3,000. Mind you, it was not for free, you had to pay for it," he had said, adding that even after paying, no tablet PC had been delivered since its launch.
"Eleven months have passed by, but no Aakash tablet has come down on Earth...Now I realise why this gizmo is named 'Aakash' (pun intended - sky)," Modi had quipped.
Following these comments, Sibal had said that he would present the version-2 of Akash tablet to Narendra Modi. "After receiving the tablet, Modi may think about taking back his statement," Sibal had said.
Akash, the world's cheapest tablet, is planned to be distributed among students across the country.
(With additional information from PTI)