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‘Rs 1880 cr spent on Sonia's trips abroad’

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi on Monday targeted Cong President Sonia Gandhi by claiming that Rs 1880 cr has been spent from the public exchequer on her foreign trips.

‘To those Congress friends, who are accusing our govt of uncontrolled expenditure, I want to ask: is it not true that on the foreign travels of the President of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, in the past three years, Rs 1,880 crore has been spent from the public exchequer,’ he said addressing a rally as part of his pre-election tour.

‘This clearly means that more than the total yearly budget of Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Rajkot Municipal Corporation combined has been spent only on the foreign trips of Sonia Gandhi and on her luxury hotel stays,’ he added.

Modi said a response given by the government to an RTI application of a youth of Hisar in Harayana, published in a newspaper on 12 July this year, was the basis for his claim. And so far, he said, the report has not not been denied either by the government or Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi will be launching Cong campaign for the state elections on coming Wednesday by addressing a huge rally of farmers in Rajkot.

‘I want to ask the Delhi Sultanate what is the compulsion that they have to allow this uncontrolled spending of poor people of the country,’ Modi said.

He alleged that Gandhi was getting facilities like  special flights, which are available only to the President and PM, from public funds though she was just an MP.


NARENDRA MODI’S ALLEGATIONS IRRESPONSIBLE, SAYS CONGRESS

Congress on Monday dismissed as ‘falsehood’ and ‘irresponsible’ Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that Rs 1880 crore has been spent from the public exchequer on Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips. Reminding the Modi of a complaint made by Congress MPs before the CVC about alleged scams worth Rs 1 lakh crore during Modi's tenure, party spokesperson Manish Tewari said ‘those living in glass houses do not pelt stones on others’. He dared Modi to face a court-monitored investigation into these allegations.

The war of words between Modi and Congress comes two days before Gandhi's visit to Rajkot on 3 Ocotber to address a rally in the poll-bound state. Hitting back, Tewari said at the AICC briefing that ‘it is only symptomatic of his [Modi's ]frustration.’ Maintaining that he does not want to dignify any such utterance and ‘falsehood’ by reacting to the comments of the Gujarat CM, Tewari said it was ‘extremely unfortunate that the people occupied responsible positions make such irresponsible’ statements.’
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