Audit on performance: Modi, Sonia attack each other during election rallies
KARNAL: Kick-starting BJP’s election campaign in
Congress-ruled Haryana and Maharashtra states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Saturday attacked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, saying those seeking audit of
his performance of four months in power, have done little in the last 60 years.
Modi, who addressed a series of rallies in Haryana and
Maharashtra which are going for assembly polls on October 15, urged the people
to dump the Congress and give a clear majority to BJP, promising them a strong
and stable government.
Training his guns on Gandhi, Modi said, “Those who
ruled for 60 years are demanding the account of what my government did in 60
days. Petrol and diesel prices are down. I promise you I will pull the country
out of the current mess in 60 months.”
The Prime Minister was hitting back at Gandhi who,
while address an election rally in Meham in Haryana, accused him of trying to “show
off” as if everything has been done only after his government came to power and
asked what happened to his promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad.
“They are creating such an atmosphere as if nothing
has happened in the country since Independence and they will change everyone’s
fortunes overnight. Have any steps been taken by the BJP to fulfil the promises
made during the Lok Sabha elections,” she asked.
“Has inflation come down? Is the poor man getting food
at cheaper rate? Have the unemployed got jobs?” she asked. In a swipe at Modi,
she said, “empty vessels make the most noise. Being loud doesn't mean you are
Targeting Congress which had described his recent US
visit as “over hyped and disappointing”, Modi asked, “Was India’s presence ever
felt in the US like this?.”
“It is not because of Modi but because of 1.25 crore
countrymen. No country can afford to ignore a man behind whom 1.25 crore people
stand. Today, the ruler and the society stand together,” he said.
Seeking a mandate to rid Haryana of Congress, Modi
accused the ruling party in the state over alleged land scams and being “anti-farmer.
Which poor has got a plot, has anyone got...but then where have thousands of
acres of land disappeared, who has taken this. Does Haryana want to settle
account,” he said.
Modi took no names but the attack comes against the
backdrop of controversies surrounding the land deals of the Congress President's
son-in-law Robert Vadra for which the Hooda government is believed to have
Addressing rallies in Beed and Aurangabad in
Maharashtra, Modi attacked the erstwhile Congress-NCP combine in the state over
corruption, accusing it of “destroying a whole generation”.
"It was a union where as the clock ticked, the
hand polished off everything. Now nothing has been left. Every young person in
Maharashtra is under a huge burden of debt because of corruption," he
said, while referring to the election symbols of NCP and Congress which ended
their 15-year-old alliance just before the elections.
"Nobody benefited from the Congress-NCP
government. Farmers, dalits, youth, adivasis, women, villages, towns... none
benefited.....a whole generation was destroyed," Modi said at Beed, the
parliamentary constituency of former Union Minister Gopinath Munde, who died in
a car crash earlier this year.
The Prime Minister also spoke about his Summit-level
meetings with world leaders including US President Barack Obama. He said both
China and Japan would set up state-of-the -art industrial parks in states including
Maharashtra. Japan, he said, will cooperate in construction of high-speed
railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.