Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched scathing attack on Congress saying the party has stooped to a new low by mocking his “poor origin”.
“A person belonging to a poor family has become PM. They (Congress) do not fail to hide their contempt for this fact. Yes, I sold tea but I did not sell the nation,” PM Modi said while addressing a public gathering in Gujarat's Rajkot.
PM Modi’s statement referred to the last week’s controversy that erupted after the Congress party's youth wing posted a meme from their twitter handle mocking Prime Minister Modi as a ‘Chai-Wala.’
However, the post was deleted later but the ruling party was quick to pick it and attacked Congress. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed the tweet as “shameful and insulting” and demanded Sonia Gandhi’s explanation.
The BJP had said, the offensive post has exposed Congress’s elitist mindset and thinking towards poor.
Apart from this, Modi also attacked the Opposition party for criticising his “failed” demonetisation move and said, “Congress is unhappy about demonetisation. They keep attacking me but I want to tell them...I have grown up in the same land as Sardar Patel. I will ensure that the poor get their due. We will not allow this nation to be looted.”
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has used “demonetization failure” as one of his key weapons to attack BJP and Modi during his election campaign.
Ahead of next month's assembly elections in Gujarat, the politics has intensified in Prime Minister’s home state with both BJP and Congress leaving no stones unturned to woo the voters.