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India's opposition PM candidate Modi ridicules rival Rahul Gandhi over candidacy

Published on Jan 19, 2014 6:31 PM
 
India's opposition prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi speaks during the party's national council meeting at Ramlila grounds in New Delhi on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014. Mr Modi mocked the ruling Congress party on Sunday for refusing to name Rahul Gandhi as its choice for premier in upcoming elections. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's opposition prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi mocked the ruling Congress party on Sunday for refusing to name Rahul Gandhi as its choice for premier in upcoming elections.

In a speech in the capital, Mr Modi said Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not want to sacrifice her son Rahul politically at the general elections in coming months, which the party is widely tipped to lose.

"I see a very human, sensitive reason for their (Congress's) decision. Would any mother sacrifice her son?" Mr Modi told hundreds of officials from his opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"The mother thought 'no, save my son'," Mr Modi said to laughter and applause from BJP leaders, who have been meeting in New Delhi to prepare for the general elections.

 
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