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Congress hits back at Modi for 'attacking' Sonia

india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 10:50 IST

A day after Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader Narendra Modi attacked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over her foreign roots, Congress party leader Anand Sharma today said foreign origin is an issue with the BJP and RSS only and not with people.

Sharma said Sonia Gandhi has led the UPA coalition successfully.

Modi on Monday attacked Gandhi saying that she had eaten the "salt of the country" but was claiming that the country faced an "internal threat".

"Sonia Gandhi is in India for the last 30 years eating the salt of the country. And she is saying that the country faces threat from inside. Is she paying back to the country in this way?" Modi, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader asked while addressing a rally in Ranchi on Monday.

Modi also came down heavily on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"Manmohan Singh had said that he was most disturbed when the nuclear deal with US got stuck. Was Manmohan disturbed when terrorists attacked Mumbai? Manmohan is happy to play in the lap of United States," Modi said.

Modi also ridiculed the central government for expressing inability to provide security to the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 matches in the country.

"When the central government cannot ensure the security to 11 players and one stadium then how can it provide security to 100 crore people of the country?" he asked.

"I had offered to host IPL in Gujarat but the central government did not agree on it," he added.

Modi addressed six public rallies in Jharkhand in favour of party candidates. (With IANS inputs)