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Narendra Modi, Uddhav Thackeray share stage in Mumbai

Ridiculing the Congress and its allies for fearing him, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Monday that the ruling coalition is more concerned about stopping him than strategising to win the Lok Sabha election.

Addressing a rally of the Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI combine, Modi said that the Congress has a singular agenda of "Modi roko" (stop Modi). (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)

"They tremble when they hear Modi's name, since they know their place after May 16," he said. Targeting the UPA government as "Ma bete ki sarkar (government of mother and son)", Narendra Modi said the government shamelessly failed to deliver on its "slum free" and "employment" promises.

Seen here with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)

"The government has no respect for democratic institutions. Such is the arrogance that the family feels it is not answerable to anyone. The character of the Congress is to only fool the people," the Gujarat chief minister said.

Modi said that 232 constituencies have voted so far and it is clear that the UPA government is on its way out.

Modi being greeted by Udhav Thackeray. (IE Photo: Pradip Das)

"Polling so far has laid the foundation stone of the next government. It is the duty of those going to vote in the next phase to ensure a strong and stable government," he said and urged people to see to it that the Congress-NCP never opened their account in the state. "You give us a mandate for a strong government and we will ensure you a strong nation," Modi said. (IE Photo: Pradip Das)

Sharing the stage with Modi for the first time, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray lauded the Gujarat chief minister as a "strong and decisive leader". (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)

Ridiculing the PMO press conference, Narendra Modi said, "I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I heard that the PM had spoken for 1100 times in the last 10 years." (IE Photo: Pradip Das)

The PMO had recently told the media stating that PM Manmohan Singh delivered 1,100 speeches in the past 10 years. He also criticised the government for not utilising even a rupee of the Rs 1,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund meant for safety and security of women.

Seen here Poonam Mahahan clicks a selfie with Modi while Uddhav waits. (IE Photo: Pradip Das)

Speaking at the rally earlier, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray described Rahul Gandhi's meeting at the same venue on Sunday as a "punctured tyre". "People brought at the rally looked confused as to why they were at the venue in the first place," he said. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi wipes off sweat as he addresses an election campaign rally at Kalyan in Thane district. (PTI)

Late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's daughter Poonam Mahajan clicks a pic with Narendra Modi. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)