New Delhi, Oct. 2: The Centre and the Congress today said no reply had yet been given to any query under the Right to Information Act on expenses incurred for Sonia Gandhi’s treatment and the figure mentioned by Narendra Modi was fictitious.
Although the party avoided locking horns with Modi, at least two ministers, Harish Rawat and Rajiv Shukla, demanded a public apology from the BJP leader who, they said, tried to do “cheap politics on Sonia’s health”.
Modi had yesterday quoted a news report saying an RTI query had revealed that Rs 1,880 crore was spent on her treatment. The person who filed the question, Ramesh Sharma of Haryana, said he had not received any reply.
Sonia is due to visit Rajkot tomorrow to kick off the election campaign for the Gujarat polls next month. Sources said she would not engage with Modi on these issues.
Some reports suggested an RTI activist got a reply mentioning Rs 86 lakh as Sonia’s foreign expenses but that query had probably been filed in 2010, before the Congress chief went abroad for treatment.
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh today said Modi had been trained well by the RSS in the “Nazi tradition” of false propaganda, which also reflected the BJP’s “cheap intentions” of trying to politicise a health issue.
Comparing Modi with Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister of Nazi Germany, Digvijaya said: “(The) Sangh trains its cadre in disinformation campaign. Obviously Modi has been trained well. (The) Sangh has modelled itself in the Nazi tradition. What can be expected from Modi who did not even apologise for the death of thousands during the Gujarat riots?”