Congress returns fire, calls PM Modi’s US visit a ‘fashion show’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 15:22 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a visit to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on Sunday. (PTI)

The Congress launched an onslaught over Narendra Modi’s US trip and his statements made there after the Prime Minister accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra of making “crores” of money.

“We demand an inquiry into funding of the PM’s community addresses when he goes abroad. Who is paying for all this?” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said. “The Prime Minister’s US visit was a mere fashion show,” Sharma was quoted by NewsX as saying.

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“Listening to the Prime Minister’s speech, I am ashamed. The Indian PM after going to California is making fun of his countrymen and is only praising himself,” Congress leader Rashid Alvi said.

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The Congress said the PM should have also reflected on issues such as Lalitgate and the Vyapam scam, involving BJP leaders, during his address to the Indian community in San Jose, California.

“Indians are fed up with the government who helps a ‘bagoda’. Is there any state government in India like Rajasthan where there are scams after scams? Before taking a dig at others, he should look at his party,” Congress leader Manish Tewari said.

In a dig at the previous Congress-led governments, Modi said early on Monday that after coming to power he directed his officials to take the banks to the poorest sections of the people. “I said that we have made merry for 40 years, now it is time to work.”

“In our country it doesn’t take much for allegations to come up against politicians... Someone made 50 crore, someone’s son made 250 crore, (someone’s) daughter made 500 crore, (someone’s) damaad (son-in-law) made 1,000 crore...” he said.

Attacking Modi after his speech, Sharma said: “PM did not even invite his mother to the swearing-in ceremony. So instead of crying (while talking about her) abroad, he should be a responsible son. PM says his mother used to clean utensils in other people’s homes. Sadly this is a lie, he is insulting his mother.”

Modi on Sunday became emotional while recalling the hardships his mother had to undergo, including washing utensils in neighbours’ homes, to bring up her children.

Answering a question about the role of his mother at the Facebook townhall meeting, Modi said he hails from a humble and poor family. He said his father was no more and his mother, who is now 90, is fit and does all her work by herself. Modi’s mother’s name is Hiraben, and she lives in Gujarat. “She cannot read or write but keeps in touch with the news through the television,” Modi said.

JD(U) leader KC Tyagi also took a dig at Modi, saying: “Questions can also be raised as to why he does not stay with his mother.” He said the Prime Minister should never attack his country’s Opposition while in foreign lands.

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