The war of words between the Congress and the BJP intensified on Thursday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi countered Sonia Gandhi’s “hawabaazi” (empty talks) attack with his “hawalabaaz” (corrupt) jibe.
Minutes after the PM made the remark in Bhopal, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala virtually called him a dagabaaz (betrayer). “The 125 crore people of the country will country decide who is dagabaaz, who had promised to bring back black money stashed abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of every Indian and after elections washed its hands of saying it was an election jumla. The people will decide who is the dagabaaz, who had promised 50 per cent profit over the cost of production to farmers,” Surjewala said. “The country will judge who is hawabaaz and dagabaaz,” he added.
In Rae Bareli, when asked to comment on Modi’s “hawalabaaz” remark, Sonia Gandhi without naming Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam scam asked: “Why does not the Prime Minister speak about cases of BJP leaders, including that of Foreign Minister (Sushma Swaraj) and Rajasthan Chief Minister (Vasundhara Raje) as well as Madhya Pradesh scam (Vyapam scam)?”.
Meanwhile, Surjewala said the people have realised that the slogans of “good governance” and “ease of doing business” were also hawabaazi as the state of the economy was deteriorating with each passing day. He asked PM not to stoop low while targeting his detractors, saying he would lower himself in the eyes of the people by doing so.