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Sonia Gandhi attacks Modi for using martyr's name

PTI  Kullu, May 04, 2014
First Published: 16:20 IST(4/5/2014) | Last Updated: 00:59 IST(5/5/2014)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday launched a frontal attack on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for using a martyr's name during his campaign in the state last week.

Criticising Modi, Gandhi said that he used the catchword of Kargil martyr Capt Vikram Batra 'Yeh dil maange more (this heart wants more)' only for "the prime minister's chair".

Addressing rallies in Himachal Pradesh, he spoke of late Capt Vikram Batra, who was killed in the Kargil conflict, and used a catch phrase associated with him "Yeh dil maange more" to seek votes for his party.

"Unka dil sirf kursi maang rahain hai (Modi's heart wants only the chair)," Gandhi said at an election rally at Kullu in Mandi Parliamentary constituency, adding that it was an insult to martyrs.

Accusing Modi of showing big dreams to the people, Gandhi said that in fact the path chosen by him was that of destruction while Congress has always worked for the welfare and upliftment of poor, weak and underprivileged sections of the society without any discrimination.

Taking a jibe at the "tone and tenor" of the speeches of Modi, Gandhi said he was speaking as if he had already won the chair of prime minister while election results are yet to be declared.

Claiming that Congress believed in peace, harmony and development of all without any discrimination to ensure a life of dignity, she said that "the path being shown by the BJP is path of discrimination and destruction in which there is noting except I".

"Your vote will elect the government," she said and appealed to the people to vote for Congress.


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