Modi's Sonia taunt irks Cong

Speaking at a Garib Kalyan Mela at Patan, about 130 km from Ahmedabad, on Thursday night, Modi said: “I have written a number of letters to the Central Government on the issue of price rise. I have written letters in the language they can understand urging them to take steps to do something about the rising prices of food items.

“But, I think that they have no sympathy for the poor people and it seems that they are not willing to take steps to control rising prices. Now, I need to write a letter in Italian,” he said.
Subsequently, the Congress hit back at the BJP leader’s personal attack suggesting he has become mad.

“He has lost his mind. From an uncivilised person, you can only expect such a preposterous rhetoric. I would not even want to dignify such comments by speaking from this podium,” Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said in New Delhi on Friday.

Modi and Sonia have had a few run-ins during the Gujarat Assembly election campaign towards the end of 2008.

“They (Centre) had organised a meeting on the issue of price rise. But have now postponed it saying that they have some other work. I don’t understand what work is more important than addressing the issue of price rise,” Modi said.

“Keeping poor people hungry in this manner will lead to the downfall of the Central government,” Modi said.

“Garib Kalyan Mela” is the brainchild of Modi to provide the direct benefit of schemes meant for poor without involving middlemen.

“Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had said that if Central government releases one rupee for poor, only 10 paise reaches them. By organising such melas, I have tried to solve this problem,” Modi said.

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