Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Jaipur, slammed the opposition party over alleged ‘Congress widow pension scam’, sparking a controversy.
New Delhi: As the polling day for Rajasthan and Telangana assembly elections approaches, the ‘gaali politics’ among Congress and BJP leaders appears to have intensified. This time, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks purportedly targeting former Congress President Sonia Gandhi that have stirred a controversy. Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Jaipur on Tuesday, PM Modi raised the alleged ‘Congress widow Pension scam’ in an apparent jibe at Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.
Slamming the Congress party over charges of corruption and misgovernance, PM Modi alleged that scams took place under the previous Congress regimes and that Congress leaders “stole” the public’s money, including the senior citizens’ pensions and school students’ scholarship. He also referred to an alleged scam by the Congress government in which “unborn girls” were listed as “widows” and “received pensions.”
He said, “Why is Naamdaar worried? Why can’t Congress members sleep? There’s a reason. Each step that Modi is taking, is causing closure of all their shops one by one. Congress ran a government that a girl who wasn’t born, who never took birth, was turned into a widow on Congress government documents. The girl became a widow and even started getting a pension. Who were these widows who took this money? Which Congress widow was this whose bank account received this money?”
He further said, “They stole senior citizens’ pension. They stole pension of ‘Divyang’. School students’ scholarship was looted. They stole money from mid-day meal scheme.”
Meanwhile, Congress has questioned the Prime Minister’s statement, claiming that the Prime Minister had “insulted” senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. Telangana and Rajasthan go to polls on December 7.