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Congress should get 'credit' for Slumdog's Oscar glory: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi says the 'real credit' for Slumdog Millionaire's Oscar glory should go to the Congress suggesting that but for the party's rule for several decades there would not be any slums to be made into a movie.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2009 20:03 IST

In remarks dripped with sarcasm, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi says the "real credit" for Slumdog Millionaire's Oscar glory should go to the Congress suggesting that but for the party's rule for several decades there would not be any slums to be made into a movie.

The Congress quickly hit back at the senior BJP leader's fresh offensive against the party alleging he has a "perverted mindset" which has become so much a part of his thinking.

At a rally in Thane on Monday, Modi said that actor Paresh Rawal showed him a SMS in circulation nowadays that "the credit for Slumdog Millionaire getting Oscar awards should go to India's ruling Congress party because without years of Congress rule there would not have been slums in India."

The Chief Minister said he agreed with the spirit of the SMS to target the Congress saying, "...Because of slums we have a movie on it and as a result we have awards, so credit for the Oscars goes to the Congress party. It is a result of misdeeds of Congress and it is a Congress miracle."

The Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said the reason as she saw for the Oscar glory has absolutely nothing to do with slums or there is anything to do with Congress rule.

"The remarks shows a perverted mindset which has become so much part of Mr Modi's thinking," she added.