Bengaluru: Attacking the BJP for raking up Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin in the run-up to the Karnataka Assembly election, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said his mother is more Indian than many others he knew, and that she has made sacrifices for the country.
“My mother is from Italy, but she is more Indian than many other Indians I know,” Rahul Gandhi said in a press conference in Bengaluru on the last day of the Karnataka campaign.
“My mother has sacrificed for the country. She has spent a major part of her life in India,” Rahul said, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dared him to talk for 15 minutes about the achievements of the Karnataka government in any language, including his “mother’s mother tongue”.
Ahead of Sonia Gandhi’s visit to Karnataka earlier this week, the BJP had once again raked up the issue of the UPA chairperson’s Italian origin by referring to her maiden name Antonio Maino.
BJP chief Amit Shah has also brought up the issue of Sonia’s Italian origin while targeting her son. At his election rallies, Shah has frequently taken on ‘Rahul baba’, saying he was unable to see the changes brought about by the Modi government as he was wearing “Italian spectacles”.
In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had Sonia was entitled to the “love, affection and respect” but not acceptable as the prime minister of the country.