Narendra Modi launched a whirlwind campaign in Madhya Pradesh on Monday,a week before the polls,accusing Rahul Gandhi of debasing political discourse by using intemperate language and said that the Congress had the politics of divide and rule in its blood,having learnt it from the British.
Addressing rallies in Chhatarpur,Guna,Sagar and Bhopal,the BJP prime ministerial candidate took on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Sonia Gandhi and Rahul. Throw crumbs and get votes, he said in Guna and accused the Congress of sowing seeds of communalism.
Modi reminded the PM of Rahul Gandhis comment BJP leaders are thieves made in Chhattisgarh,refuting the charge that the BJP had lowered the quality of political debate. Is this language dignified? he asked the PM while describing Rahul as the future prime minister. He also referred to Rahuls act of tearing a copy of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers and his nonsense remark,saying it was an insult to the PM and the Cabinet. The BJP did not commit this sin.
The Gujarat CM insisted that the BJP maintains political decorum and abides by boundaries of democracy,unlike the Congress which,he alleged,had caused devaluation of gantantra to mean as ghartantra.
Modi said the country had moved beyond the Congress-style of politics that focuses on communities,caste,creed,language and regions and challenged it to talk development,which he said was on display in BJP-ruled states. Insisting that the BJP will form the government at the Centre in 200 days, he said Congress leaders were losing sleep because they are worried about going to jail.
Referring to Rahuls comment equating power with poison,Modi said the Congress,especially one family,deliberately spoke such an idiom to keep the common man away so that it could perpetuate its ownership. He said he was taken aback when madam accused the BJP in Chhattisgarh of engendering Naxalism. Kya bol rahi hai,he said and alleged that the Congress partys decision to revote POTA had given Naxals a free run. Slamming the Gandhis for saying that the UPA was providing crores to BJP-ruled states,he said,The money belongs neither to Narendra Modi,Shivraj Singh Chouhan,Rahul or Sonia.