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Oct 03, 2012 at 12:15pm IST

Narendra Modi deflecting attention from main issues: Congress

New Delhi: AICC spokesman Manish Tewari on Wednesday said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has malafide intentions. "The locus of Modi is malafide as he does not apply the same norms on himself. His office is not responding to the RTI filed," said Tewari. He said that Modi is trying to deflect the attention from main issues in Gujarat like economic problems in the state - 17 scams that have happened in Gujarat, condition of women in the state.

Modi had earlier raised the question about UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips. "Public funds are being spent on Sonia's foreign trips," alleged Modi.

Earlier, an RTI activist had disputed the Chief Minister's claims that Rs 1,880 crore of public money was spent on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's foreign tours. Meanwhile, defending the Congress's silence over Modi's questions on Sonia's expenses, former information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said, "We don't have laws dealing with answers to private matters and in this case medical details are sought under RTI query. Normally an RTI query has to be answered in 30 days but if details are to be sought from various departments then the plea has to be addressed in 45 days. But if Sonia Gandhi's specific details need to be inquired then she is a 3rd party and under Section 8 this is not permissible."