The run up to the Lok Sabha elections was full of hate speeches and hurling controversial attacks on each other. The campaign also witnessed several Modi-centric attacks from all corners, with the likes of Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal launching scathing attacks against the BJP strongman. Some of them even went to the extent of predicting post-poll scenario for the PM elect. Here is who said what:
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, who was defeated by Narendra Modi by a margin of over 3.5 votes, gave an open challenge to the PM elect, announcing his candidature from Varanasi and said that he would defeat him from the BJP’s stronghold.
What he said: ‘I want to tell him (Modi) that I am going (to Varanasi) not only to fight but I am going to defeat him’
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# RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s caste politics in Bihar have got dissolved in the Modi wave. But a few days back he vowed that he is ready to go for a name change if failed to drive out Modi from his state. He came out with statement after a recently released survey predicted that his party will lose the battle in Bihar with only three seats in hand. He expressed that Modi wave is a media creation and the balloon will go burst on May 16, when the poll results will come out. Surprisingly his own family lost to the opposition in Patliputra (Misa Bharti) and Saran (Rabri Devi).
What he said: ‘Will change my name if I am not able to drive out Modi from Bihar’
In yet another criticism for Narendra Modi, former prime minister and JD(S) chief Deve Gowda said that he shall leave Karnataka if Narendra Modi becomes PM. Gowda anounced that he would retire from politics if BJP wins 272 seats in Lok Sabha elections. He said he would leave politics and Karnataka state and settle somewhere else.
What he said: ‘BJP will not get majority. Narendra Modi is dreaming on becoming prime minister. If this happens, I shall leave Karnataka state and settle somewhere else’
Rahul Gandhi whose party failed to touch double figures of seats in any of the states launched several number scathing attack on Narendra Modi during his election rallies. His comment on Modi while addressing a rally in Balod Chhattisgarh was the most controversial remark by him during the elections.
What he said: ‘Modi PM banna chahta hai, uske liye wo kuch bhi kar dega. Wo tukde-tukde kar dega…wo ek ko dusre se lada dega (Modi wants to become PM, and will do anything for that. He will divide into many pieces… make people fight against each other)’
Mani Shankar Aiyar of Congress mocket Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial ambition by saying that a place will be identified for the Gujarat Chief Minister to distribute tea here.
What he said: ‘I promise you in 21st Century Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country. …But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him’
Farooq Abdullah also sparked off controversy by saying that those voting for Narendra Modi should jump into the sea. Later he clarified that his comment was in reaction to Giriraj Singh’s comment who said that people against Modi can go to Pakistan.
What he said: ‘They say those who do not vote for Modi should go to Pakistan. (I say) Those who vote for Modi should drown in the sea’