Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh: Reacting to the case registered against him by the Gujarat police on the Election Commission's order for addressing the media after casting his vote in Ahmedabad and displaying the BJP's symbol, Narendra Modi today said it was the first FIR of his life which he will never forget.
He also lashed out at the Congress, saying it was facing defeat and was worried that "a person who (once) eked out his livelihood by selling tea" was challenging it.
Addressing a campaign rally in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Mr Modi said, "To date in my entire life, not even a single FIR was registered against me, not even for wrong-side scooter driving, and not even for wrong parking." (Read: Modi intended to influence voters, says furious Election Commission; police case filed)
"Suddenly today when I landed here I came to know that an FIR has been registered against me...I will never forget April 30. One can understand if someone points (threatens with) a knife, a pistol or a gun (and FIR is registered). But do you know why FIR was registered against me? Because I showed a lotus to the people," he said.
Congress was staring at defeat and "the Delhi government" was worried that a person who eked out his livelihood by selling tea was challenging them, he added.