BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi’s rally Monday in Rajasthan did not draw the usual crowd but he kept the tempo up using the venue, Sikar, to target UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the day — Ambedkar Jayanti — to criticise Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s silence on issues.
Hinting at the UPA chairperson’s aspirations to see Rahul as PM, Modi said while mothers (in Sikar) were sending their sons to die for the nation, “a mother in Delhi is sacrificing the nation for her son.”
Modi criticised Rahul Gandhi for claiming the UPA had given people various rights. He said by saying so, he was insulting B R Ambedkar. “Baba Saheb Ambedkar has given us our constitution and our rights but Shehzada (referring to Rahul) claims he has given us rights and various Acts. Ambedkar gave us those rights…,” Modi said.
Taking a dig at the PM for his silence on issues, Modi said, “Ambedkar gave us freedom of speech but who violated this? Madam Sonia and Shehzade, please tell us who deprived our PM of his freedom of speech.”
He also highlighted how someone like him from the backward community had made it big. “Had this country not given us our rights, a boy like me who belongs to a very backward family would have never been here,” he said.
Modi’s rally failed to draw crowds with BJP rebel Subhash Maharia holding a parallel rally in Reengus. After being denied ticket, Maharia is contesting as an independent from Sikar. Sources said Modi’s rally was delayed by a few hours hoping people would be drawn after Maharia concluded his meeting. Local party workers said CM Vasundhara Raje did not push for a large gathering at Modi’s rally as she was unhappy with BJP giving the ticket to Swami Sumedhanand reportedly on insistence of Baba Ramdev.