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My Mother Is More Indian Than Many Indians, Says Rahul Gandhi In Bengaluru

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| May 10 , 2018 , 12:26 IST

On the last day of campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi defended his Italian-born mother Sonia Gandhi, the chairperson of the UPA, who had come under fire from the BJP due to her 'foreign origins'. Gandhi slammed PM Modi as well, saying that the PM has 'anger inside him'.

"My mother is Italian, she also lived larger part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many Indians I see. My mother sacrificed for this country, she has suffered for it. It shows the quality of the PM when he makes these types of comments," said Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru.

"Whatever comes out of PM's mouth is what is actually in his heart. He is absolutely convinced now, and he is right, that he is going to lose Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and he is going to lose 2019," he said.

"Mr Modi has got anger inside of him. He is angry with everybody, not only me. I am a lightning rod for anger, I attract anger. But that is his problem. It is not my problem," the Congress President said.

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"Throughout last 15 years, I've been visiting temples, mosques, gurudwaras, every religious institution I come across. BJP doesn't like this. I don't think they understand meaning of the term Hindu. It's a perspective. It's something which lives with you throughout," he said.

"Atrocities against women is absolutely a political and a national issue. Mr Modi likes to discuss bullet train and other issues but does not like to discuss fundamental issues," Gandhi said.

"We had said that Dalits are being beaten up and oppressed when Rohith Vemula is killed Modi Ji doesn't say a word. When Dalits are killed and humiliated in other parts of India, Modi Ji doesn't say anything. Congress will defend the rights of Dalits and raise this issue," he said.

"I have been travelling around Karnataka for few months now, we all stood together and fought campaign on fundamental issues. We've prepared manifesto which is truly voice of the people. Opposition has restricted itself to making personal remarks. Confident of winning the elections," said Rahul Gandhi.

The state assembly elections in Karnataka are set to take place on May 12, with the counting scheduled for May 18.