Sources said Sonia had written the one-line letter to Modi on May 20 immediately after his election as the parliamentary party leader. “I congratulate you on being unanimously elected as the leader of the parliamentary party,” the letter hand delivered to Gujarat Bhavan said.
Sonia and vice-president Rahul Gandhi had come in for criticism from the BJP for not congratulating Modi on his landslide victory.
“Though the American president, British prime minister, scores of prime ministers from across the globe, including our neighbours like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have greeted Narendra Modi, the Congress president and vice-president do not have the courtesy to greet the person who has got such a massive mandate,” senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu had said.
Both Sonia and Rahul had congratulated the new government and wished it well on the day the results came out but did not name either the BJP or Modi. The Congress’s decision on Thursday to reveal that Sonia had written to Modi seems to be an attempt to counter the attack.