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My mother more Indian than many others: Rahul

ANI  |  Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] 

Commenting on the persistent jibes over his Italian ancestry, on Thursday said that his mother, Sonia Gandhi, was more Indian than many other Indians.

"My mother is an Italian but she has lived a larger part of her life in She is more Indian than many I have met. My mother has sacrificed for this country, my mother has suffered for this country," said at a press conference here.

Gandhi's statement came after a sought his response on the jibes centered around his ancestry, particularly, Narendra Modi's recent speech, wherein he challenged to a debate and said he could speak in any language he pleased - "English, Hindi or (his) mother's mother tongue."

"It shows the quality of our when he makes such statements. I'm happy to let him do so if he enjoys himself," he remarked.

With the campaigning for polls reaching its last day, Gandhi also touched on the party's election manifesto and expressed confidence in winning the polls. Chief Minister and other senior party leaders were also present at the press conference.

Campaigning for the election will end at 5:00 p.m. later in the day.

The election in will be held on May 12 in 223 constituencies, out of 224 of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, while the counting of votes and announcement of results will take place on May 15.

The election for one constituency has been postponed following the death of B.N. Vijay Kumar, Jayanagar BJP candidate.

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First Published: Thu, May 10 2018. 14:20 IST