Three days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi made stinging allegations against the BJP for fanning communal violence and called himself a “victim of terrorism”, BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi at a rally in Udaipur said the “Shehzada” was spinning out “family serials” to win popularity. Modi also dismissed Rahul’s revelation of ISI getting in touch with the relatives of riot victims in Muzaffarnagar as a “story” heard in passing.
At a rally organised by the tribal cell of the party, Modi raised a clarion call to uproot the “Delhi Sultanate” and announced that “only six months and less than 200 days were left” for change to be ushered in.
Taking on Rahul directly, Modi said that the ‘Shehzada’s’ recent speech at Churu and Alwar were incomprehensible and no one seems to have understood what he meant, not even the Congress.
Playing to a massive crowd drawn from the tribal-dominated belts, Modi laid out a direct comparison of prices of essential commodities used commonly in the Mewar region. He said these commodities have become unaffordable to the common man due to inflation.
“During Atalji’s government, gur (jaggery) was sold at Rs 9, now it is not even available even at Rs 50. Similarly arhar dal used to be priced at Rs 26, now it has crossed Rs 70, chillies were Rs 50 a kg, now have crossed Rs 200,” he said. “Aapka jeena haraam karne wale Congress ka aap jeena haraam karoge? (Will you give Congress a hard time for giving you a tough time),” he asked.
Modi said that coal and 2G have caught the attention of the Congress-led government and not onions. “Now they are eyeing gold and they have got to know that every household in Rajasthan has at least 1 kg of gold. Dear friends they are out to get your gold, your mangalsutra,” he cautioned.
Both BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje and Modi used the alleged sexual assault case related to former minister Babulal Nagar to embarrass the Ashok Gehlot government.
Modi also ridiculed Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot for being not trustworthy. He defended Udaipur MLA and Leader of the Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, who was named in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case by the CBI in its chargesheet recently. He said that ever since the Congress government felt threatened by Vasundhara Raje and the BJP in Rajasthan, it has used the CBI to target leaders such as