Vastavam web: “My mother is more Indian than many Indians,” an emotional Rahul Gandhi said today, as he responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sarcastic barb at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over her foreign origin.The Congress president recalled how, despite being an Italian by birth, his mother made sacrifices for the country.
“My mother is an Italian. She has lived the larger part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many, many Indians I have seen.The issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin was raked up by Modi at an election rally in Santemaranahalli on May 1 where he dared the Congress chief to speak for 15 minutes about the achievements of the Karnataka government in any language, including his “mother’s mother tongue”.
Modi was responding to Gandhi’s earlier dare to allow him to speak for 15 minutes in Parliament on various issues, including corruption, and that the prime minister will not be able to sit for 15 minutes.It was not for the first time that Modi had spoken about Sonia’s foreign origin. Senior BJP leaders, including its president Amit Shah, have often brought it up while targeting her son.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had, in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, said Sonia was entitled to the “love, affection and respect” but not acceptable as the prime minister of the country.
“I have always maintained that Sonia Gandhi came to our country as daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi and wife of Rajiv Gandhi and thus she is entitled to our love and affection. As the president of the Congress party she is entitled to our respect. But if she wants to become the Prime Minister then I say no,” Swaraj had said.Even Modi as the Gujarat chief minister had assailed Sonia, “a person not from our soil”, for giving lessons in “swabhiman” (self respect).