Sonia accuses Modi of inciting people by raising Sir Creek

Kalol/Anand: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today accused Chief Minister Narendra Modi of "inciting" people by using Sir Creek issue as a "new tool" for political interest and pledged no one will be allowed to play with the unity of the country.

Modi refuted Sonia's charges that he was trying to instigate the people by raising border security concerns through Sir Creek, a strip of water body in dispute with Pakistan. He said the issue was important for Gujarat.

Gandhi and Modi also locked horns after she charged that Central funds were misused by the Gujarat government.

They were addressing rallies in Kalol and Anand respectively. Campaigning for the second phase of the Assembly polls on Monday ends tomorrow.

Responding to Sonia's charges, Modi took a jibe at the Congress Chief, asking her to do her "homework" before coming to the state for election campaign. He accused her of trying to mislead the people.

In an attempt to connect with the voters, Gandhi also spoke briefly in Gujarati making an appeal to them to return the Congress candidates with huge margins.

Without naming Modi, she alleged that the issue of Sir Creek was being raised for "political interest" and asserted that her government will not allow anyone to play with the unity of nation at any cost.

Modi has been raising the issue of Sir Creek in each public meeting he has been addressing in the state in the last two days. The Prime Minister's Office(PMO) has already rebutted the charge by Modi that Sir Creek is being handed over to Pakistan by India.

"They are trying to incite the people by taking up the issue of borders of our country, national unity and integrity…which is also against our party…whose leaders like Indira Gandhiji and Rajiv Gandhiji, for national unity and integrity had laid down their lives," Gandhi said.

"We at any cost…at any cost will not allow anyone to play with the unity of nation," she asserted.

"On the occasion of elections, they are again showing big dreams to you, again they are trying to bamboozle you…Recently, for their political interest they have found a new tool," Gandhi said.

Gandhi charged that Central funds were misused by the Gujarat government to harp on false development claims and "fake image building".