Cong abusing my mother as it lacks strength to fight me, says PM Modi
Chhattarpur (MP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday alleged that the "arrogant" Congress was "abusing" his nonagenarian mother as it was bereft of issues and "lacked strength" to take him on after suffering "defeat" at his hands over the last 18 years.
The Prime Minister hit back after Congress leader Raj Babbar compared the falling value of Indian rupee with the age of Modi's mother Hiraben during campaigning for the Madhya Pradesh elections .
Addressing a rally here ahead of November 28 assembly polls, Modi also attacked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, saying his government is "not remote-controlled by a madam sitting inside her home" but had 125 crore countrymen as its "high command" .
He alleged the "coffers of banks" were emptied out for the rich during the "madam's government".
"The people in the Congress, you do not have the strength to fight Modi. In the last 17-18 years, I have challenged you at every instance and defeated you. And you are dragging my mother into politics? Does this behove the Congress and its leaders?" Modi asked.
The Prime Minister also targeted the Congress over the controversial purchase of Bofors guns in 1980s and 90s and the Bhopal gas tragedy (1984).
"When you do not have issues, when there is a bankruptcy of issues and arrogance is sky-high, only then one dares to abuse someone else's mother.
"I am saying this with pain, the people in the party (the Congress) which has ruled for many years, instead of taking on Modi..after all their weapons to target Modi failed.. they are now hurling abuse at Modi's mother, they are defaming Modi's mother," Modi said.
Likening the Congress' comments to the ones made during "petty quarrels in bylanes", Modi said his mother "who does not understand even R of 'rajniti' (politics)" was being targeted by the opposition party.
Babbar had kicked up a row with his comments on falling value of rupee at a rally in Indore on Thursday.
"(Before becoming the PM) Modi used to say that compared to the (US) dollar, the value of the rupee has fallen to a level where it is almost the same as the age of the then Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh)," Babbar had said.
"Mr Prime Minister, at that time, you had not taken his (Singh's) name out of respect. Although our tradition does not allow this, we wish to say that now the value of the rupee has fallen to the age of your respected mother," he said.
Modi on Saturday alleged that the previous Congress-led governments would "call up banks" to give loans to the rich, whereas his dispensation is empowering the youth.
The Congress has been levelling allegations of cronyism against the Modi government.
had opened the doors of the bank for big industrialists, but we opened banks for the people and sanctioned loans to 14.50 crore under the PM Mudra Yojna," Modi said, adding "corruption is the courtesy and culture of Congress' four generations".
"Between 2006 and 2014, during Madam's government, the banks dispensed money to the rich, equal to what they had distributed 50 years prior to that. They emptied the coffers, they sunk banks," the Prime Minister said.
On the demonetisation decision taken in 2016, Modi said three lakh (shell) companies got locked because they were operating under fictitious names.