Hitting back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over his "sweat on forehead" tweet targeting him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said those born with a "gold spoon" are now mocking the sweat of poor.
Modi was apparently responding to Gandhi's tweet in Hindi posted on Monday that, when loosely translated, would read: "Wrinkle on the face, sweat on the forehead, Saheb (sir) appears to be scared. Don't know why his lips get sealed on the questions regarding Shah-zada (son of (Amit) Shah) and Rafale."
Modi is often referred to as 'Saheb' by his supporters and subordinates.
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Modi, while addressing a rally at Palitana in Bhavnagar district, said, "You will never understand the value of a poor person's sweat, because you were born with a gold spoon. Since you don't understand what kind of pain poor go through, you are mocking their sweat."
"You always had a grudge against Gujarat. People know how you treated Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai. Now, Modi is your target. Due to this hatred, you are feeling uneasy about the sweat on a Gujarati's forehead. Those born in a royal family with a gold spoon, will never understand the true value of our sweat," the prime minister added.
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He said on one side there are Gujaratis who are walking the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, a "fakir" (an ascetic), and on the other, "there are descendants of another Gandhi, who belong to a royal family. It is up to us whether to walk the path shown by the fakir or the path of those who were born with a gold spoon.
"Though they have not seen poverty or the pain attached to it, they are now teaching us," he said without taking any names.
(With PTI inputs)