The 63-year-old BJP Prime Ministerial candidate also said that the FIR showed how shaken the Congress is, observing it was facing defeat and was worried that "a person who (once) eked out his livelihood by selling tea" was challenging it. (Agencies)
Addressing a campaign rally here, Modi said he has not committed any offence that warranted an FIR and that he only showed a lotus badge to people.
"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,” Modi said.
"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.
Stoking a huge controversy earlier in the day, Modi displayed the BJP symbol and made a speech in a polling booth in Gandhinagar in violation of electoral laws following which police filed an FIR against him.
The police action came after the Election Commission took serious note of the Gujarat Chief Minister's violation of the electoral laws, under which no person can display any election matter or address a meeting in a polling booth on the day of election, and ordered filing of an FIR against Modi.
Modi claimed that he himself did not indulge in corruption and nor did he allow others to do so.
He would make "those who looted the country and also Andhra Pradesh" account for their actions, he said.
Hitting out at "the government of mother and son" at the Centre, he asked why it took three years to submit the list of Indian depositors in foreign banks to the Supreme Court.
Reaching out to voters in Seemandhra, Modi said the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh can be developed as the number one state in the country by taking advantage of its potential, its vast coast-line, talented human resources and K-G basin gas.
He promised to help in development of Seemandhra, appealing voters to support the TDP-BJP combine, and make TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu the Chief Minister for the construction of "grand Seemandhra".
The 63-year-old BJP Prime Ministerial candidate also said that the FIR showed how shaken the Congress is, observing it was facing defeat and was worried that "a person who (once) eked out his livelihood by selling tea" was challenging it.