"I had said this thing based on the report of a newspaper. If my information is wrong, today I say that I will publicly accept this mistake", Modi said addressing a rally in Junagadh.
However, a number of reports are contradicting what Modi said, including the RTI activist himself who has gone on record to say that he is yet to receive a response from the government on his plea and so the question of his giving anything to media does not arise.
Earlier in the day, Modi, addressing a rally at Jesar, targetted the Congress president by claiming that Rs 1,880 crore has been spent from the public exchequer for her foreign trips.
Addressing the Jungadh rally, Modi said a response given by the government to an RTI application of a youth of Hisar in Haryana, published in a newspaper on July 12 this year, was the basis for his claim.
However, the youth Ramesh Sharma questioned the figures by Modi and said he had not received any reply to his RTI query.
Speaking at Jesar, Modi said "to those Congress friends, who are accusing our government of uncontrolled expenditure, I want to ask: is it not true that on the foreign travels of the president of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, in the past three years, Rs 1,880 crore has been spent from the public exchequer".
"This clearly means that more than the total yearly budget of Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Rajkot Municipal Corporation combined has been spent only on the foreign trips of Sonia Gandhi and on her luxury hotel stays," he added.
"I want to ask the Delhi Sultanate what is the compulsion that they have to allow this uncontrolled spending of poor people of the country," Modi told the rally as part of his month-long pre-Assembly election tour of the state.
Sonia Gandhi will be launching Congress' campaign for the state elections on Wednesday by addressing a rally of farmers in Rajkot. This will be her first visit to the poll-bound state.
Ramesh Sharma, the Right to Information (RTI) activist questioned Modi's claim that Rs 1,880 crore were spent from state exchequer for UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi' foreign trips.
"The figures Mr Modi has given today is Rs 1,880 crore. The government has not given any response to it. I never got any such information from the RTI I had filed. I have not got any figure of Rs 1,880 crore. I don't know where Mr Modi is referring to it", Verma said from Hisar.
"I can say that that I haven't got any figure of Rs 1,880 crore because I haven't received any information...", he added.
He claimed he was never contacted by Modi.
Congress dismissed Modi's charge as "falsehood" and said "it is regrettable that the chief minister of Gujarat has resorted to blatant lies which now stand exposed after the revelations of the Hissar based RTI activist to divert the attention of the people of Gujarat from the real issues confronting the state.
The reality is that the CM of Gujarat has no answer to the charges made by the MP's of Gujarat in a representation to the CVC that Rs 1 lakh crore have been plundered over the past 11 years in 17 different scams," Tewari said.
It gives ballast to the charge of the former CM Keshubhai Patel that the current CM is a liar with a capital L and that the entire myth of a vibrant Gujarat rests on the foundations of falsehood", he charged.
Modi said the people of Gujarat would be well served to look beyond the Gobellian false hoods which are the raison de etre of the BJP's political existence.
IE was so impartial or supporting the underdog as also criticizing ruling party since corruption and scams are generated by them. However the UPA seems to have 'taken care of' the editorial staff so much so they are part of the loot.Down Down this practice.
Indian journalists hate good and people's leader like Narendra Modi, and promote corrupt Indian politicians. They have sold their soul to the money of the corrupt. Thus most people do not believe them. They keep trashing Modi to ground on every opportunity, but people have faith in Modi not in media, thus Modi wins.
Doing mistake is human nature correcting one self is humanity.
modi is write for sonia gandhi
Okay.If it not 1880cr then what is the amount? govt. must give the correct figure. To clear the doubts.
The Indian Express has shed all its pretensions and has become a congress mouthpiece. The title of this article that there is porrf is completely misleading. Also Indian express has not published that this news had appeared in many news papers of 12th July 12. Congress has not contradicted it. Then how is it that the Indian express is saying that Modi should apologise. It is a pity that the newspaper which was once edited by the likes of the illustrous Arun Shourie is today driven by a out and out congress and Gandhi family chamcha called Shekhar Gupta. In effect Indian express is helping the people who have and who are looting this country. Shame on such a newspaper and its editor.
Last year itself I started noticing Indian Express running "news articles" blatantly pro-congress. what a shame... it used to be my fav newspaper.
Well Said. This is the reason no one reads IE now a days. In this tough competition they have to survive so they are using such CHEAP headlines. I am not gonna use IE now onwards.
WHO SAYS SO? WTE? ( waitress turned empress!) ANNA HAZARE JUST ESCAPED FROM THE CLUTCHES OF THIS FOREIGN FUNDED KEJRIWAL GANG. KEJRIWAL, AND PARTY WEARING GANDHI TOPI WILL NOT FOOL INDIANS ANY MORE. kejriwal:-- what is your stance on FDI in multibrand retail? bhushan:-- what is your stance on kashmir? all indians-- Punch into google search - BRAINWASHING PROCESS OF GANDHI- VADAKAYIL . Gandhi was unleashed upon us by our invaders! Wake up Indians ! Capt ajit vadakayil ..
APC is not supposed to comment a stupidity which is really foolish. I find it is a great comment that if and when there is evidence and the amount is too high for a trip which EXTRAVAGANT until it is proved corruption. This could be able to comprehend by u or not?
Cannot believe IE which was once an anti-establishment newspaper has now become Congress mouthpiece.... Your title for this news piece is so pathetically wrong. WHere is the proof you are talking about. The RTI activist has got no answers from the Govt, is that the proof? Why cant GOI come clean on how much amount was spent? Was it 1880 cr , or more or less? Whatever be it , people of India need to know.... Modi, being a true statesman has said he will apologize only if proven wrong. For that the GOI has to publish the number first.... Its damn obvious is Con party os trying to hide hell lot of information
Modi- a statesman? You dont know the meaning of statesman? Madam, he is a mass murderer, a third rate politician, not even a good politician, leave alone a statesman. Being a woman, you should have some feelings for all the women raped at his behest. Children killed by his encouragement. Madam, at least don't call him a statesman and insult all the true statesmen of this country.
Making such a statement exposes Modi's calibre. HE should have first taken the trouble to verify with the RTI activist or filed a RTI application himself to avoided exposing his stupidity. THe RTI activist has very promptly refuted the statement.
Well! Modi is paying in the same coin what the Gujarat Congress is doing against him.It is not called a "Gaffe "but is called turning the table on"
Its painful to see degeneration of Ramnath Goenka's newspaper into Congress mouth-piece. Whatever, you might say about Modi, the congress is clearly hiding something about Sonia's expenses. I dont understand why Sonia, who has a rich family ( at least Priyanka's Husband is rich) ,needs support from indian tax pay to get treated. Even its Rs.1880 and not Rs.1880 Crores its morally wrong. Especially when PM is going on national television to sermonise "Paise ped pe Nahi Ugte". Clearly if you have right surname paise ped pe hi ugte hai. Instead of probing this aspect of the news and exposing hypocrisy of congress , IE is choosing to shield Sonia , its a shame.
Surely Modi has also spent Govt. money as much as Sonia or anyone else on hospital fees . No one grudges him that. Why should he, that too by blatantly lying about astronomical figures?
Ok, if Modi has spent he is wrong (he is a CM so officially I am sure he is entitled for some additional benefits than Sonia) , but that doesnt absolve Sonia and Congress. Just like 1984 doesnt absolve Modi of 2002. Besides may I ask you what government Post Mrs.Gandhi hold to make her eligible for any spend on her? And if the figures are false why is PM's office is dithering from releasing the real numbers? Your defence of Sonia can't be just Modi is a Thug.
Media should be extremely happy because they have something to WRITE about. Now the media knows that money does grow on trees. Finally is the media really bothered about the poor people of HINDOSTAAN, or they are only intewrested in sensationalizing a GOOD FOR NOTHING higher middle class.
The real issue should not be if the RTI activist got the letter from the Government on the expenses incurred on Smt. Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips or should the CM of Gujarat apologise. The CM Mr. Narendra Modi has only made the statement and quoted the figures on the basis of the report appearing in the news paper. It is the news paper who should clarify the truth in the report or the Government should declare the actual expenses incurred on Smt. Sonia Gandhi's foreigh trips and whether she is entitled for such expenses. If the reported news was false then the Government should also clarify why the News paper was not asked to correct it since June 2012. In the absense of above, when the Congress Spokepersons blame Modi, it is feared that they are trying to divert the attention and thereby hide the truth.
Why would anyone take the trouble to refute the newspaper report when anyone can easily judge that it is false, even if there actually exists such a report. Modi should read reports in the newspaper of his complicity in Gujarat massacres and false encounters.
Why Narendra Modi should be apologised, Despite proof that means there is evidence to prove for 1,880 cr. of rupees had been spent by Sonia Gandhi on her foreign tour. The evidence should be presented by the person whom alleged that to prove than the reporter of the case. I think that so much amount might have spended on her account of foreign trips otherwise it cann´t be an insinuation.
Obviously Modi is creating news to keep himself in the limelight. Wonder if there even exists such an absurd newspaper report as he is claiming and if it is it must be planted by BJP. Modi is losing face day by day by his falsehood. No one wants such a liar as PM.
One of the most STUPID comments.
In the first place Modi should not have said this in so many words and quoted the figure. However if he has done so however wrong or misleading the figures are the Government has to come out with an authorised figure instead of calling Modi names. Government has to understand that tirade and saying that some other leader has lost mind does not behove a sane and responsible Government. The country has the right to know the truth.
Such a charge is not worth replying as the figure is absurd. COuntry would like to know how much Modi has spent himself from Govt coffers.
First of all your title is misleading and is a goof.What is meant by despite proof.Why is not the congress party coming out with the actual expenses if the figure coated by Modi is wrong.How many times congress party has apoligised for their comments against modi especially by the likes of foul mouth Mani and the mean Diggy.
Has BJP ever apologized for their wrong? They crucified Chidambaram and recent supreme court judgement on Subramaniaswami%u2019s petition clearly stated that there is no proof to link Chidambaram having involved in 2G scan. BJP obstructed parliament and boycotted Chidambaram. Did BJP apologize? No. In Gujarat inncoent muslims were targetted and the state machinery used to encourage the killing. Did BJP ever apologied. Firm No. Instead of punishing the guilty, the Gujarat State Govt was busy destroying evidences, intimadating true officers which finally led to Supreme court intervention and enquiries. Since the court does not trust the State Govt machinery, the Court ordered shifting of important cases to neighbouring State. How can BJP aplogize on their allegation on Sonia%u2019s Travel expenses. Let the Congress spent any amount. What is BJP to do with it. They are habituated to sensationalize it by adding several Zeros to the actual figure and use the media to spread the lies. They did for every issues facing the nation. BJP does not have any stand any National issues. They keep shifting and changing. We hope Some other political party take the cetre stage as main opposition party as BJP has not contributed anything to the nation %u2013 other then obstructing and blocking the growth process of the country and least bothered about image of the country abroad, investors confidence etc.
Even if Modi has made a mistake or sensationalized it, First of all Congress has no right to spend any amount on Soniya if she has not paid from her pocket. After all, it is tax payer's money. Why the government has not disclosed the amount still? Blaming the BJP will not help.
what action taken aginst Kasmir Govt.who do systemetic driven out Kasmiri pandit from their birth place.what action taken 1984 riots after indira gandhi death.what about assam
Are IE supporting the expenses? If not then why your investigating team find out the truth!
Is IE denying that there is any media clipping about the figure reported by Modi?? There is a media clipping of 12th July which gave this figure. The editor said that 100s of dailies published d same figure & same story. Also a fact that nobody in Cong denied it for 3 months.. So who should be apologizing now??? And you say "despite proof"! Where is the proof that 1880 cr not spent??? Have u asked these hundreds of dailies to apologize based on which Modi made the statement??? It is amazng this is same IE which took on dynasty during emergency!
The fact is that the MMS govt had not given reply to the RTI. Till the time the allegation stands. let the MMS regime prove that they have not spent anything on Mrs. Sonia Ghandi.
Not sure if the writer is aware, but the title does not coincide with the story. Perhaps to mislead the majority that may just follow headlines. I hope the editor looks into this and makes the correction, because I see no "Courage" in this type of reporting.
Why he should apologize is it not true?Manhattan hotel two floors were taken for daily rent of huge sums for months is it not a fact?
In our country the law is , you have to prove your self as Innocent with proof !!!!!! What about news paper who published this report ? Why any party leader did not deny this at first ?? Give evidences of payments !!!!