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PM Modi Takes 'Damaad' Swipe In San Jose, Congress Hits Back

| September 28 , 2015 , 14:37 IST
pm-modi-san-jose_ In a veiled attack on UPA regime on corruption and taking a swipe at the Congress president's son-in-law Robert Vadra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there were allegations of politicians and their families making crores of rupees while his government has no graft charge. Prime Minister Modi addressed the Indian diaspora at a reception in San Jose's SAP Centre and said there has been a change in the mindset about India of the people across the world. The PM said, "The world is looking at India with a new vision and aspiration." ALSO READ: 'PM Modi Lying That His Mother Cleaned Dishes', Says Congress; BJP Attacks Sonia Taking a dig at his political opponents, the Prime Minister said "In our country it doesn't take much for allegations to come up against politicians...This person made Rs 50 crores, that son made Rs 250 crores, that daughter made Rs 500 crores, someone's damaad (son-in-law) made Rs 1000 crores..." As he paused after 'damaad', the 18,000-strong crowd cheered. Meanwhile, Congress hit back at the PM for his barbs at the party in the US, saying they were "ashamed" of his behaviour on foreign soil. "Listening to the Prime Minister's speech I am ashamed. Indian PM after going to California is making fun of his countrymen and and is only praising himself," Congress leader Rashid Alvi said. ALSO READ: Rahul Gandhi Says Attending Aspen Conference, Overseas Congress President Denies "The PM broke down yesterday remembering his mother's sacrifices. Why doesn't he fulfil his duty of being a responsible son and bring his mother home? She wasn't even present for his swearing in. She wasn't with him even during his 12 years as Gujarat chief minister," Anand Sharma said. In a veiled attack on corruption during UPA regime and a barb at the Congress President's son-in-law Robert Vadra, Modi in his address to the Indian community in California on Monday deprecated the culture of graft in the country. "In our country it doesn't take much for allegations to come up against politicians... Someone made 50 crores, someone's son made 250 crores, (someone's) daughter made 500 crores, (someone's) damaad (son-in-law) made 1000 crores..." he said. Countering Modi, Congress leader Manish Tiwari said, "Indians are fed up with the government who helps a 'bagoda'. Is there any state government in India like Rajasthan where there are scams after scams. Before taking a dig at others, he should look at his party," he said. JD(U) leader K C Tyagi also took a dig at Modi, saying, "Questions can also be raised as to why he does not stay with his mother." He said the Prime Minister should never attack his country's opposition in the foreign land. Alvi said he had written to Modi after Lok Sabha polls, saying "You say your mother works even today. Then why are you not caring for your mother. Is your salary less that you cannot take care of your mother?" Modi had on Sunday got emotional while talking about the sacrifices his mother made as he grew up. (With PTI Inputs)