‘Narendra Modi should stop dramatising poverty ‘: Congress leader Anand Sharma

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New Delhi, July 31: The Congress continued to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his speeches in Lucknow last week, saying he should “stop dramatising” poverty.

Congress leader Anand Sharma told reporters here that speaking was part of Modi’s DNA and if he does not give speeches, “it probably can affect his health”.

Noting Modi shapes his address according the composition of audience, he said: “The Prime Minister should stop this drama of poverty. He should not play with sentiments of the poor. He cheated people with these sentiments in 2014 elections. Now it is time to give account of his performance.” Sharma said.

He said Indian’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was from an affluent background but he left everything and adopted khadi, while Modi was the first prime minister who wears “such good clothes” and changes his dress often.

Sharma said former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was from a humble background but never mentioned about the poverty he faced while occupying the high post, while all the others from Indira Gandhi to Manmohan Singh life with simplicity.

Modi had said in a speech on Saturday in Lucknow that poverty had given him honesty and courage. (IANS)