Vadodara: BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi yesterday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of spreading lies about Gujarat and dared her for a public debate with him.
Modi also said if lying amounted to violation of the model code of conduct, the Election Commission should take action against the Congress president.
'Madam Sonia tried to mislead the people of Gujarat and the country, I challenge her for an open debate on this,' Modi, who is contesting from here as well as Varanasi, said at a public gathering.
'Madam Sonia has said that Gujarat's school drop-out rate is the highest in the country, which is not true,” he said, adding that after he came to power, the dropout rate for class 1 to 5 had declined to two per cent from 21 percent.
On malnutrition, he charged Sonia was misleading the people. 'Malnutrition is prevailing in other parts of the country as well. Gujarat has done pioneering work to fight this problem and CAG has also appreciated the work done by us,' he said.
'There are two governments running at the Centre. One is the Indian government and other is this 'mother-son' government,' Modi said, referring to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.