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Cong snubs Modi over Rahul jibe, says Gujarat CM has lost all dignity

PTI  New Delhi, September 17, 2012
First Published: 21:14 IST(17/9/2012) | Last Updated: 22:11 IST(17/9/2012)

The Congress on Monday snubbed Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi over his jibe that Rahul is an "international leader" and can contest election in Italy also.

"What should we say about Modi, who has lost all dignity. Yes, this is true that Rahul Gandhi is a leader of the country's biggest democracy. Unfortunately this is not said about Modi but only about Rahul. It is better that the Gujarat chief minister has realised where he stands," party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary told reporters in New Delhi.

Addressing a convention in Rajkot, Modi today said, "Recently a Congress leader made a statement that Rahul Gandhi is a national leader of the Congress and I am a regional leader, I am proud to be the regional leader of Gujarat. Rahul is not a national leader but an international leader and he can contest election in India as well as in Italy."

He was apparently targeting the foreign origin issue of his mother Sonia Gandhi.

Last week, when asked whether the forthcoming election in Gujarat will be a "Modi Vs Rahul" affair, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi had said that the comparison cannot be made as Rahul is Congress's national leader while Modi is regional leader of Gujarat.

On Sunday, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh described Modi as a regional leader and Rahul a national one.

Rejecting BJP's criticism of the government for pushing the reforms, Chowdhary shot back, "Should we not bring reform and run the government like the BJP did? The reform will continue. There is no other way and we want to go ahead taking everybody along".

She also hit back at the BJP for its criticism of the FDI in multi-brand retail saying that the Opposition party has "not got a backbone" and hence it changes posture in quick succession. She was responding to a question about the BJP's proposal in past to introduce 26% FDI in retail.

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