Modi takes dig at Rahul, says he can contest in Italy too

Sep 18, 2012, 06:46 IST | Agencies

On his birthday, the Gujarat CM pokes fun at the Gandhi scion, calling him an international leader

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday poked fun at Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress General Secretary is ‘not a national leader but an international leader and he can contest election in India as well as in Italy’.

Cheers & wishes: BJP president Nitin Gadkari gifts Gujarat CM Narendra Modi an idol of Lord Ganesha on his birthday.

“A Congress leader made a statement recently that Rahul Gandhi is a national leader of Congress and I am a regional leader. I am happy to be a leader of Gujarat, but I do not consider Rahul a national leader,” said Modi, while addressing the Swami Vivekananda Youth Convention.

Supporters present the CM with a garland on the occasion. Pics/AFP

“Rahul is not a national leader but an international leader and he can contest elections in India as well as in Italy,” he added, while targeting the foreign origin issue of UPA chairperson and Rahul’s mother Sonia Gandhi.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh had earlier on Sunday described Modi as a regional leader, and termed Rahul a national leader. “The Congress leaders in Gujarat are enough to take on Modi,” he added.

The Gujarat Chief Minister also criticised the Manmohan Singh-led UPA 2 government for not fulfilling promises made in its election manifesto in 2004. “In 2004, Congress in its manifesto had promised to give jobs to one crore youths. But according to a report issued by the Government of India, Gujarat is the leader in providing jobs with 72 per cent of the share,” said Modi.

“I want to ask a question to the UPA government and its Prime Minister that if you are not able to fulfill your promises then why do you make them… only to deceive people?” he asked. 

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