Ahmedabad, Oct 12: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ignited controversy over Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips. Reiterating his demand of revealing truth, Modi on Thursday, Oct 11 condemned Prime Minister Office (PMO) for not replying to a query by a Right to Information (RTI) activist.
Modi accused Manmohan Singh-led PMO of concealing facts regarding the real expenditure of Mrs Gandhi's foreign trips in last three years. Modi claimed that the PMO had revealed information only on her visits for treatment but not her foreign trips.
The Gujarat CM also clarified his stand on the controversy over expenditure incurred on Mrs Gandhi's medical treatment abroad. The CM claimed, "I just talked about the figures published in newspapers. The RTI activists are raising questions, not me."
Earlier, Modi had raised questions on Congress President's visits abroad and said that Rs 1,880 crore has been spent on her trips. The statement had stormed the entire nation and compelled the Centre to reveal the truth. In a reply to Modi's charges, the PMO later claimed that only Rs 3 lakh was spent on Mrs Gandhi's treatment and the government neither sponsored Sonia's foreign trips nor her medical treatment, hence rubbishing Modi's claims that the government had spent Rs 1,880 crore on her travels.
The Gujarat CM also accused the Centre of treating his state as a "rival of the nation". Speaking to a TV channel, the CM said, "Gujarat is not fighting against the centre. We have complained that in the last eight years, the central government has treated Gujarat like an enemy state. They have treated Gujarat in a way that is also not expected for an enemy nation. The central agencies are being used against Gujarat."