Narendra Modi today appeared to be targeting Rahul Gandhi over his invocation of his family's sacrifices, saying such remarks have little utility in today's India and what is more important is to dedicate ourselves to nation's interest.
"...And today the language such as I will sacrifice myself, I will die has little utility. What is important today is to dedicate ourselves for the interest of 125 crore countrymen," the BJP's Prime Ministrial candidate said.
He said before India attained Independence, people had the privilege of sacrificing their lives for the country during the freedom struggle.
"Several of us were born after independence. We did not get the privilege to die for the sake of the freedom of the country, but we have been honoured to live for India," he said while speaking at Yoga Mahotsava at Ramlila Maidan here organised by yoga guru Ramdev.
In a couple of rallies in the recent past, Rahul had referred to the assassinations of his grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv Gandhi.
"My grandmother was killed. My father was killed. Perhaps I would also be killed one day. But I do not care," he had said.
Modi also supported Ramdev's campaign against blackmoney which he claimed was giving "sleepless nights" to some people in power.
The Gujarat Chief Minister said if there was no "fire of truth" within Ramdev, then he would have run away long back and not fought the "empire".
"He has a fire within himself as to why bad things are happening in the country, why there is black money, why this corruption, why this bad governance?" Modi said during a Yoga Mahotsav organised at the Ramlila grounds here.
"There is a pain behind all this as well. His issues are such which are liked by people like me. But there are many people whose sleep vanishes when he rakes up certain issues. So they get behind him," he remarked.
His remarks came close on the heels of Ramdev being upset with the BJP leadership over denial of tickets to some of his associates.
Accusing the government of lack of farsightedness to promote yoga, Modi said Ramdev has revolutionised yoga and made it a people's movement.
"If the Indian government had farsightedness...its policies were such...then through yoga we could have won the world over. Yoga is such a subject which can attract anyone. It could have been a great medium to reach out to the world,"
Modi said, adding in the coming times