A day after Sonia Gandhi called the BJP a party of poisonous people, Narendra Modi returned her barb, saying no party can be more poisonous than the Congress as it has thrived for almost half a century on what Sonia called the “poison of power”.
Modi, addressing an election rally in Banswara, Rajasthan, said Rahul Gandhi had once recalled that his mother Sonia had compared power to poison. “Madam’s Shehzada once said in Jaipur that his mother told him that power is poison. They ruled the country for almost 50 years since Independence... then who has tasted poison for longer period... it is Congress...then who else can be more poisonous,” Modi said.
He said Rahul speaks about poverty only when the media is around and asked why he hasn’t done anything for people living in the slum adjacent to his house.
“Shehzada talks about the poor and poverty, but only where there is media. Twice or thrice in a year, a photoshoot takes place for showing that he is about poverty,” Modi said.
“In Delhi yesterday, people told me that his bungalow is in the constituency of the Delhi chief minister and adjacent to the bungalow, there is a slum area of 800 people but there are only two public toilets. Eight hundred people and only two toilets... a resident would have to wait for months for his turn to come. But all these things are not visible to Congress, they only see poverty where the media is present. They do not care for others,” Modi said.
Attacking the government over rising inflation, he said the people should forget and not forgive the Congress in the election, as it had easily forgotten its promise made in the 2009 general elections of controlling prices.
“Before the last elections, Congress promised to control inflation in 100 days, but what happened? Prices went high and there is no control over the skyrocketing inflation. All the three leaders (Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi) visited Rajasthan, but none talked about inflation or say what their government did to control it,” he said.