Shocker: Narendra Modi takes dig at Sonia Gandhi's illness

Written by Express news service | Bemetra (Chhattisgarh) | Updated: Nov 17 2013, 06:08am hrs
Stepping up his attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi talked about her illness on Thursday and said, Agar Madam beemar hai to bachhe ko kaam do (If Madam - Sonia Gandhi - is ill, hand over the work to her child Rahul Gandhi).

In a direct attack on the Gandhi family, Narendra Modi today asked Rahul Gandhi whether central funds for Chattisgarh came from his "Mama's (maternal uncle) house" and also said Sonia Gandhi should let the "shehzada" take over Congress.

Citing multi-crore 2G and coal scams, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate also said Congress has done "PhD in corruption" and that it has become a burden on the country and sought its ouster.

Addressing a series of public meetings in poll-bound Chattisgarh including at Kawardha, home town of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Narendra Modi slammed the Congress for opposing opinion polls, saying fear of losing elections was the reason behind its "nonsensical" demand and "desperate" tactics.

Alleging that Congress' claims of giving massive funds to Chhattisgarh under various schemes is an insult to its people, Narendra Modi said, "Sonia madam and shehzada (Rahul) had come here.

Said so much foodgrains and funds were given. Are you people standing here with a begging bowl.... What kind of language is the Congress speaking".

Asserting that the people have a right to central funds, he targeted the Congress Vice President and made a veiled dig at Sonia's Italian origin.

"I want to ask shehzada that you keep on saying that we gave so much money, I want to know if he got the money from his Mama's house. Did you give the money by taking it from your Mama's house. This is the people's money," said Modi at his first rally at Bemetra, 90 km from Raipur.

Mounting a shrill attack on the Congress President, Narendra Modi said, "Madam, you are ill. Let the shehzada (prince) take over."