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'Madam Sonia Gandhi, if Narendra Modi has done any fraud, I invite your government in Delhi to file a case against me'
Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of inciting people against his government and dared her to get the Centre act against him if he has done anything wrong.
He also warned her utterances would prove costly for Congress in the Assembly polls.
"Madam Sonia Gandhi had in 2007 called me Maut ka Saudagar (merchant of death), and people of Gujarat gave us two-thirds majority. This time she has called me a 'cheat'. People are going to wipe out Congress from Gujarat," he said.
"Madam Sonia Gandhi, if Narendra Modi has done any cheating, any fraud, I invite your government in Delhi to file a case against me," the BJP stalwart said, addressing poll rallies in Ahwa and Vasnda towns of south Gujarat.
"You are trying to incite the people of Gujarat and you are also trying to insult them by calling their chief minister a cheat."
Referring to Gandhi's speech in tribal-dominated Mandvi in Surat district yesterday in which she had mentioned Amarsinh Chaudhary, the Congress leader who was Gujarat's first tribal chief minister, Modi said the latter had not even visited the tribal district of Dangs during his tenure.
"The development which was promised in a big way is nowhere to be seen in this tribal land...because what they promised is hollow and false," Gandhi had said at her rally at Mandvi.
Modi had yesterday accused Gandhi of "spreading lies" about his government.
The war of words between Modi and Gandhi comes just days ahead of the first phase of polling on December 13.