Elections or no elections, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi seems to be always eager to engage Congress President Sonia Gandhi in a war of words.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Modi, who loves to harp on Gandhi’s foreign roots, began possibly another round of skirmishes by saying he would again write a letter, urging New Delhi to address the price rise issue.
Modi’s twist: This time, the letter will be in Italian.
Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari, while saying that he would not “dignify” the statement by responding to it, could not help retorting: “Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi sathiya gaye hain (Modi has lost it).”
On Thursday, at a rally at Patan, 125 km north of Ahmedabad, Modi lambasted the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance chairperson Gandhi and the government for failing on the price front.
“I have written a number of letters to the Central government. I have written letters in the language they are expected to understand,” Modi said.
“But I think that they have no empathy for the poor people and it seems that they are not willing to take steps to control the rising prices,” he said, “Now I need to write a letter in Italian.”
Modi also wanted to know why the Centre was avoiding holding a meeting on the price issue. He said, “They say that they have some other work. I don't understand what work is more important than addressing price rise..”
Disbursing doles at the Garib Kalyan Mela, Modi referred to an observation by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi – and late husband of Sonia Gandhi – that only 15 paise of every rupee spent by the government actually reached the beneficiary.
He said his effort was to barricade the waste of the balance 85 paise.
Participating at a similar rally a few days back in the state, BJP leader and Lok Sabha member from Gandhinagar L.K. Advani also targeted the UPA on the price rise issue.
(ith PTI inputs)