Shanghai, May 16: Did Prime Minister Narendra Modi take an indirect dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi whil addressing the Indian diaspora in Shanghai on Saturday? [PM Modi woos Indian community in Shanghai]
Modi, who raised the pitch in his favour on the first anniversary of winning the Lok Sabha election, said he has not taken any vacation in the last 12 months and has worked hard day and night as he had promised.
The target of the statement could have been Rahul Gandhi who recently made the headlines for remaining absent from the scene for unknown reasons for almost two months.
"I had said I will work hard. Have I let up? I have not taken any vacation," PM Modi said to an applauding audience.
The prime minister also said during his speech that despite being new to the job he is doing, he has never refused to learn new things. He said he might make mistake because of inexperience but he has never done anything wrong intentionally.
Modi, who has travelled across the world after assuming the PM's office on May 26 last year, said he has been criticised for his travels but defended his act saying he has worked hard for India and the Indians. He said he has been doing the work that was left incomplete over the past three decades.
The Congress has criticised PM Modi's foreign tours in the Parliament with Rahul Gandhi even requesting him to visit the distressed farmers in Punjab while touring India.
Gandhi had also targetted Modi ove his playing drums during his visit to Japan in August-September last year.
The Congress had also lashed out at PM Modi for criticising the previous government during his visit to Canada last month.