New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remark that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat is Made in China and accused Congress of insulting India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Slamming the Congress, he said: “They spread lies on Statue of Unity that it is Made in China. I saw false information in which the Congress President (Rahul Gandhi) equated the Sardar Patel statue with shoes Made in China.” Adding further, the PM said, “They are taking Sardar Patel’s name like this. All these years, they have disrespected Sardar Patel. How far they will to express their disliking for Sardar Patel?”

“The Congress as government was corrupt and a failure, which is known to every citizen. In the last four years, the Congress has only spread lies, it has become arrogant, it has drifted away from the people, it has become insensible and it has failed to perform as an opposition,” Modi said during his interaction with BJP workers through video conferencing via NaMo app.

The Prime Minister said the Congress’ only agenda is to throw muck on others, spread lies and repeat them loudly and mislead people.

“If you look at their behaviour over the last few days, you will all canard they are spreading. Remember, when the government brought the poor of the country closer to bank and banking services, they spread the lie that their money is not safe in banks. Everyday they plan and everyday they spread lies. Their motive is to mislead the people of the country, they want to create an atmosphere of fear to do politics,” he alleged.

PM Modi’s remarks came two days after the Congress chief while addressing a public rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna said that the statue being built for him in Gujarat is ‘Made in China’ like the Made in China written on mobile phones, shirts and shoes. “Modiji had promised to build the world’s largest statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat. But later it was revealed that on the back of the statue it was written Made in China,” he had said.

The Statue of Unity, which is 182 metres from the ground and 240 metres from the river base of Narmada, has been completed. The inauguration of the statue will be done on Vallabhbhai Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary on October 31 by the Prime Minister.

(Inputs from IANS)