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Modi challenges Sonia to sing Vande Mataram

Describing Cong as "burden" on nation, Narendra Modi continued his frontal attack on Sonia's foreign origin.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Vyara (surat)
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2004 07:02 PM IST

Describing Congress party as a "burden" on the nation, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi continued his frontal attack on its president Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin issue and said "the nation today is yearning for an experience and visionary Prime Minister who can help India gain prestige in the world".

Addressing election rally in the tribal dominated assembly segment under Mandvi Lok Sabha seat Modi said, "we have a leader like Atal Bihari Vajpayee who refrained from marriage for the sake of nation and on the other hand there is Gandhi who left her motherland for the sake of marriage".

"I wanted to ask madam why did she not apply (for Indian citizenship) for 16 years after marriage which she should have done on the first day itself", Modi said.

Taking a dig at her Hindi, Modi said, "I have challenged her to sing Vande Mataram without looking at the text", adding, even a third standard student of Vyara can sing the national anthem fluently.

"Can there be a Prime Minister who cannot even sing Vande Mataram?", Modi thundered.

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