Modi hits below belt in attack against Rahul Gandhi, invokes Sonia Gandhi’s Italian root


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit back at Rahul Gandhi after the Congress President threw a ‘15 minute’ challenge at him.

Officially launching his campaign in Karnataka, Modi dared Gandhi to speak for 15 minutes without referring to a paper and list out the party’s achievements in Karnataka. Rahul Gandhi can speak in any language as he pleases, including his mother tongue, PM Modi said.

“For 15 minutes, without taking a paper in your hand, can you please talk about the achievements of your government in Karnataka?” PM Modi said, addressing an election rally in Chamarajanagar district, from where he kicked off the BJP’s campaign in the poll-bound state today.

“You can speak in any language as you please — English, Hindi or your mother’s mother tongue,” he added.

Modi was responding to the Congress chief’s challenge, asking the PM whether he would be able to sit through 15 minutes of his speech in the Parliament. Speaking at Aakrosh Rally at Ramlila Ground on Sunday, Gandhi has aid, “Just give me 15 minutes to speak on how crores of rupees have been looted in the Rafale deal and Nirav Modi. Modi ji wouldn’t be able to stay there.”

The Prime Minister took a jibe at Gandhi saying, “He is correct. There is no way, ordinary people like me, who do not even dress well, can sit with such high and mighty people like the Congress President. We are Kaamdaars (those who work). What is our level that we can sit with people like the Congress President, who is Naamdaar and look down on us.”

Modi also hit at Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s government, accusing it of indulging in corruption.  “Where there is Congress, all roads of development are clogged. There is corruption, lack of harmony,” he said. Officially kickstarting the BJP campaign in Karnataka, PM Modi predicted that the BJP would storm to power in the state.  “It is not a BJP wave in Karnataka but it is a BJP storm,” he said.