Rahul Gandhi was addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on the last day of campaigning for Karnataka elections.
Bengaluru, May 10:
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks about UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Italian origin, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that she was “more Indian than many Indian people I have met”.
“My mother is Italian. My mother has also lived larger part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many, many people I see. My mother has sacrificed for this country, my mother has suffered for this country. And it shows the quality of the prime minister when he makes such comments,” the Congress president said while addressing a press conference in Bengaluru.
The BJP has often targeted Sonia Gandhi for her Italian roots in the run up to the state polls.
Ahead of the UPA chairperson’s visit to the poll-bound state, the BJP raked up the issue of her Italian origin by referring to her maiden name Antonio Maino.
“Today, Ms. Antonio Maino is here in K’taka to save her last citadel from falling! Madam Maino, K’taka needs no lessons from the person who was solely responsible for wasting India’s 10 precious years,” the BJP tweeted.
In another jibe, Modi, at an election rally on May 1, dared Rahul Gandhi to talk for 15 minutes about the achievements of the Karnataka government in any language, including his “mother’s mother tongue”.
On the last day of campaigning for Karnataka elections, Rahul Gandhi also said he is confident of Congress’ victory.
“We’ve developed Karnataka extensively over the past five years, we’ll continue along that path of development more aggressively,” he said.
Elections in Karnataka will be held on May 12 and counting of votes will take place on May 15.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times