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Sonia, Modi trade charges as poll campaign heats up

Narendra Modi today accused Sonia Gandhi of resorting to 'rabid communalism' by appealing to Muslim leaders.

Narendra Modi today accused Sonia Gandhi of resorting to "rabid communalism" by appealing to Muslim leaders to ensure their votes are not split and sought Election Commission's action in this regard. (PTI)

Against the backdrop of Gandhi's meeting with Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari where she had made the appeal, Modi said, "Congress is sensing defeat. So now, their slogan has shifted from secularism to rabid communalism. (PTI)

"What she said yesterday... I appeal to the Election Commission... Asking for votes on the basis of communalism is against the rules of Election Commission as the polls have been announced," Narendra Modi said. (PTI)

Modi was addressing a public meeting in support of BJP candidates from Indirapuram in UP's Ghaziabad district on the outskirts of the national capital. (PTI)

Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a rally in Bihar's Sasaram town on Thursday. The recurrent theme was development. (IE Photo: Prashant Ravi)

Sonia Gandhi was responding to the remarks made by the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, who had hit out strongly at two-time Sasaram MP and Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. (IE Photo: Prashant Ravi)

In her speech, Sonia Gandhi responded to an allegation by saying, "I am happy that Meira Kumar has carried forward the legacy of Babu Jagjivan Ram. We made Meira Kumar the first woman Lok Sabha Speaker. I am very happy with how she has performed." (IE Photo: Prashant Ravi)

Addressing a crowd of about 10,000 people, Sonia Gandhi also took on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had attacked her party on Wednesday during his rallies, accusing the Congress of "spreading rumours" about the alleged lack of development in Bihar. (IE Photo: Prashant Ravi)