Two days after the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi mentioned his wife for the first time in an election affidavit, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi used it Friday to hit out at Modi and attack the BJP’s claim that it would ensure the safety of women and empower them.
Rahul said that while the BJP made claims of ensuring the safety of women, it took several elections for its prime ministerial candidate to mention the name of his wife in the poll affidavit.
“Don’t know how many elections he has contested till now, but he has revealed for the first time that he is married. In Delhi, he talks about honour of women, but his own wife’s name doesn’t reach the affidavit,” Rahul told an election rally.
He also targeted Modi over the alleged snooping on a woman architect by the Gujarat government.
“The chief minister’s office and the police setup was engaged in tapping of the phone of a woman — the entire Gujarat Police was stalking her…the chief minister wanted to know what was happening around her. If these examples are anything to reveal the true face of BJP, then what about the claim of BJP about women empowerment across the country?” Rahul asked.
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Rahul also attacked Modi over his alleged links with the Adani group, saying the Gujarat businessman was given “everything” while senior BJP leaders like L K Advani and Jaswant Singh were “thrown out”.
“Advani was thrown out, Jaswant Singh was thrown out and Adani was taken in,” he said.
Taking a dig at Modi’s claim of governance, Rahul said it was “Adani government” being run there. “He is Gujarat’s big businessman. How was he given everything? They work like this,” Rahul said.
“They talk of development…will undertake development… In Gujarat, one person was given hundreds of acres of land free and asked to do whatever he wants to do with it, but at the same time, workers and farmers were weeping,” he said, without naming the person who was given the land.
This is the second time in as many days that Rahul has attacked Modi on his alleged links with the Adani group.
Addressing a meeting in Udaipur Thursday, Rahul had said, “BJP has chucked out Advani and brought in Adani in its race to make one person the prime minister of India”.
Rahul also said BJP ministers in Karnataka watched “videos” in the state assembly.
“What kind of videos, you would have read in the newspapers,” he said, referring to an episode during the BJP’s tenure in Karnataka when ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching porn clips in the state assembly.
Rahul also claimed that during a visit to BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh he was told that 20,000 women were missing. “They don’t know where they went, they are missing,” he said.
Flanked by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and state Congress chief Saifuddin Soz, Rahul said, “It is a battle between two ideologies as we go to elections. On one side it is National Conference and Congress and on the other it is BJP.”
He said the country can be taken towards peace, progress and prosperity only through unity, but the BJP is engaged in “divisive politics”.