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Modi, Sonia cast aspersions in poll rallies

Modi, Sonia cast aspersions in poll rallies
Hitting back at Sonia Gandhi over her patriotism jibe, Narendra Modi said on Monday that people of the country did not need a certificate from her and attacked her over the Italian marines issue, questioning at whose behest they were given a chance to leave the country.

Taking potshots at the Congress president, he referred to her remarks on Sunday that ‘some people were beating drums of patriotism’ and said she should not raise a question mark on people’s love for their country.

Claiming that Gandhi had raised a question mark on the patriotism of the people, Modi asked her at whose whose direction the two Italian marines accused of shooting Indian fishermen off Kerala coast were allowed to leave the country.

‘Who was it at whose behest the government in Delhi gave the marines a chance to go back to Italy,’ Modi asked.

Had the Supreme Court not taken a strong stand on the matter, the marines would not have come back, he said.

The Italian marines had been permitted by the Supreme Court to leave the country to participate in Italy’s elections. However, when Italy refused to send the marines back, the Supreme Court restrained the Italian ambassador from leaving the country. Italy later relented and sent the marines back.

Gandhi had on Sunday attacked the BJP, saying that ‘some people are beating the drum of patriotism’ and added that these people who did not believe in secular values only wanted to ‘grab power’ by misleading the people.

Hitting out at the Congress further, Modi said that its manifesto was a ‘dhokhapatra’ (cheatsheet) and that the party had in the last elections promised to bring inflation down in 100 days which had not happened.

Modi also raised the issue of the death of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania in Delhi, saying that he was pained by such incidents but the Congress president had not mentioned the incident when she visited the northeast.

Meanwhile, addressing another rally in Assam, Modi alleged that Congress was not interested in bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks as ‘it belonged to them’.

‘Why is Congress opposing the move to bring back the money? Because it belongs to them. They have been opposing it for the last ten years and they have no intention of bringing it back,’ Modi said during an election rally here.

‘Lok Sabha election not only about development’

Mewat, Haryana:
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said this Lok Sabha election is not just about development, and her party is fighting for safeguarding the secular values enshrined in the Constitution.

‘This election is not only about the development of country. This election is to safeguard the constitutional framework which our freedom fighters, our forefathers have bestowed on us after much struggle and sufferings. This Constitution recognizes our secular values and teaches us how to respect them,’ she said addressing a rally here, in a veiled attack on BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Gandhi went on to say that Congress will fight for a country which is not just for a few, but a country which belongs to everyone and where everyone enjoys equal rights.

‘We will fight for a country where it is not important what is our religion, language, place of birth or in which caste we were born, but we will fight for a country which is secular and where it is important that we all are Indian,’ she said.  The UPA chairperson said no other government has undertaken as much developmental activities during the last 10 years as done by the Manmohan Singh government, including in the backward region of Mewat.
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