PMO rubbishes Modi's claim of Govt spending Rs1880 cr on Sonia Gandhi

      The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Friday rejected Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s allegation that the UPA Government has spent Rs1880 cr on the travel expenses of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Reacting to Modi’s charge made a couple of days ago during rallies in the run-up to Assembly elections in Gujarat, based on a reported answer to an RTI application, the PMO said: “ The reports quoting an expense of Rs.1880 crore are untrue and misleading.” It further went on to say: “The PMO would like to put on record that the government has incurred no expenses on the UPA Chairperson's visits abroad.” It also said that the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) has already denied these reports.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that during the last eight years, only one trip to Belgium had been undertaken by Gandhi at the invitation of the Belgian Government to receive a national honour. It further clarified that the government has not borne any expenses for Gandhi's medical treatment abroad or in India. It maybe recalled that a BJP rally in Jesar, Gujarat , three days ago, Modi had targeted the Congress president by claiming that Rs.1880 crore has been spent from the public exchequer on her foreign trips. "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.1880 crore has been spent from the public exchequer," he asked at the rally as part of his month-long pre-election tour of the state. "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.

Modi said a response given by the government to an RTI application of a youth of Hisar in Harayana, published in a newspaper on July 12 this year, was the basis for his claim. And so far, he said, the report has not been denied either by the government or Gandhi.

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