Modi asks Congressmen to disclose Sonia's 'history'

Updated on Apr 24, 2004 07:59 PM IST

Gujarat CM Marendra Modi said the country will never accept a foreigner as their leader and appealed to people to retain the Atal Govt.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked Congressmen to disclose the background about their leader Sonia Gandhi as more than one billion people of the country were eager to know before accepting her as their leader to lead the country.

Even a landlord makes enquires about a tenant before letting his premises out but there was none in the Congress who can provide the background of Sonia Gandhi before her marriage, Modi said at an election rally in Chaibasa, HQ of Naxal-hit district, in favour of sitting BJP MP, Laxman Gilua from Singhbhum (reserved) Lok Sabha seat.

What was her name, her father's name, her native place and education were among various queries the countrymen wanted to know before electing her as their leader, he said.

He said, "I was neither interested nor I have much time to attack Sonia but certainly she has to give details of her background as this was not a matter of individual but a question of our country."

Stating that as a citizen of the country the people have every right to know about her pre-marriage background, Modi said the country will never accept a foreigner as their leader and appealed to people to retain Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government to lead the country in the 21st century.

Claiming that an Atal-wave has been sweeping across the country, he said the people, for the first time, were seen enthusiastic to retain Vajpayee as Prime Minister of the country for a consecutive term.

Earlier, Modi said the country had seen many governments in the last 30 years and the government led by non-BJP Prime Ministers including Morarji Desai, Chandrasekhar, VP Singh, IK Gujral all had Congress origin and hence they followed the policies of Congress.

Vajpayee was the first "non-Congress culture" Prime Minister, who led the country on the path of all round development during the last five years, he said.

He said for the first time in the country pro-incumbency factor has been working in favour of the NDA government as the previous polls had witnessed the wave against the non-BJP government.

Counting the Vajpayee's achievement during the last five- year rule, he appealed to the people to be careful in electing their leader in the third phase of poll in Jharkhand, slated for April 26.

Stating that the ongoing parliamentary poll was significant particularly for youth force of the country as this poll will elect a leader, who can lead the country in the 21st century, Modi said.

Lambasting the Congress party for ignoring the martyr Birsa Munda, who led the Quit-India Movement from tribal populated stated, during their regime, Modi said Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to form a separate ministry for the uplift of tribals in the country and allocated budged for the purpose.

The country's great leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, launched the Quit-India Movement against the Britishers but the Congress now wanted to bring the foreign rule again in the country, which the country will not allow to happen, Modi said.

Later, speaking to reporters, Modi said the NDA will be back in power with a majority.

Referring to the unnatural alliance between Congress-RJD and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) in the parliamentary poll, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, who shared a platform with his Gujarat counterpart in the election rally, said there was no need to speak much about the opposition camp as well as the basis of their alliance.

The country's future was largely depended on the outcome of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Munda said, asking people to be careful in electing their leaders.

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