Narendra Modi on Thursday mounted a shrill attack on Rahul Gandhi over use of central funds by the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, asking whether the money came from his "Mama's (maternal uncle) house", a dig at Sonia Gandhi's Italian origin.
Citing multi crore 2G and coal scams, the BJP prime ministerial candidate also said Congress has done "PhD in corruption" and that it has become a burden on the country and sought its ouster.
Addressing a series of public meetings in poll-bound Chhattisgarh including at Kawardha, home town of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Modi slammed the Congress for opposing opinion polls, saying fear of losing elections was the reason behind its "nonsensical" demand and "desperate" tactics.
Targeting the Congress chief and the party vice president over their claim that the Centre was giving funds to Chhattisgarh but it was not able to use them properly, Modi asked if these funds are coming from Rahul's "Mama's house".
Alleging that Congress' claims of giving massive funds to Chhattisgarh under various schemes are an insult to its people, Modi said, "Sonia Madam and Shehzade (Rahul) had come here. Said so much foodgrains and funds were given. Are you people standing here with a begging bowl.... What kind of language is the Congress speaking".
Asserting that the people have a right to central funds, he said, "I want to ask Shehzada that you keep on saying that we gave so much money, I want to know if he got the money from his Mama's house. Did you give the money by taking it from your Mama's house?. This is the people's money."