Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attack on me for his prime ministerial ambition was aimed at distracting attention, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday.
“This election is not about Rahul. I have now learnt to deal with the Prime Minister. When he can’t respond, he distracts,” Mr. Gandhi said in Bengaluru after winding up his extensive tour of poll-bound Karnataka.
At election rallies on Wednesday, Mr. Modi wondered whether the country will ever accept an “immature and naamdar [famous]” leader for the post.
Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi saw a ‘threat’ in him. “Modi has anger inside… he has anger for everybody, not just me, …and sees a threat to me.”
He expressed his utmost confidence that the Congress would win the Karnataka Assembly polls
The BJP, he said, felt “uncomfortable” when he visited a temple. “I don’t think BJP understands the term Hindu,” he said.
On Mr. Modi indirectly referring to his mother Sonia Gandhi’s Italian origins, he said, “My mother is Italian. She has lived a large part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many people I see.”
He also alleged that the country’s foreign policy had been decimated.