PM Wades into Row Over AAP Funding, Targets Kejriwal

Published: 04th February 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2015 03:57 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:With the campaign for the Delhi Assembly polls entering its home stretch,Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the AAP and the Congress.  He trained his guns at the Congress, saying the party had ruined 15 years of Delhi. Hitting out at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said that nobody was listening to the “Maa-beta” except when they make remarks against him.

“While big and old Congress has ruined the city during its 15 years of rule, the temporary party (the AAP), which is new and small, destroyed it for one year,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a public gathering at Japani Park in Rohini here. Attacking AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, the Prime Minister pointed out that the party, which used to keep details of Swiss Bank accounts of others, strangely had no idea about its own donors. “The people, who would once go around with Swiss Bank account numbers in their pockets, don’t know whose money is coming into their accounts. What you see is not necessarily true. There is a limit to shamelessness,” Modi said.

He also said that people had talked about black money but this was the first time people heard about wrong deeds in the middle of the night. “You (Arvind Kejriwal) have betrayed people’s trust,” he said, referring to the AAP funding row. He further pointed out, “Our country can forgive mistakes, but not fraudsters.”

Without naming Kejriwal, he said that he wondered why those, who used to travel by metro train, flew first class. Mentioning Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Morarji Desai, the Prime Minister said, “Leaders who did not belong to the Gandhi family were unfairly targeted”.

 The Congress,on its part, reacted strongly saying Narendra Modi’s “unhealthy mindset is a matter of national concern.”

“The Prime Minister is making surprising claims that before May 16 (when he assumed office), India was not recognised the world over. It is a sign of unhealthy mindset to get carried away in this manner,” said Congress spokesman Anand Sharma.

Sharma said the PM had been ‘booed globally’ as his attitude of “me, myself is not only on his sleeves but also on his suit”. “This is Narcissism. This unhealthy mindset is a matter of national concern,” he said.

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