How can Rahul Gandhi lead country when he cannot handle Amethi: Narendra Modi

Written by PTI | Sarguja | Updated: Apr 20 2014, 23:29pm hrs
Narendra ModiNarendra Modi honouring to Bholavi Devi, wife of Bharat Rajak who was killed in serial bomb blasts recently, during an election campaign rally in Supaul on Saturday. PTI
Sonia Gandhi's speech in Amethi asking people to ensure victory of Rahul Gandhi today invited barbs from Narendra Modi who wondered how the Congress Vice President can lead the country when he cannot handle his constituency.

The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate kept up with his sharp attacks on the first family of the ruling party as he referred to "whopping rise" in the assets of Rahul's brother- in-law Robert Vadra and termed it the model of "ma-bete ki sarkar" (mother-son's government).

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"Sonia told the people in Amethi to take care of her son. We are told that he will take care of the country. Tell me, is there any logic in this One who is begging with the people in Amethi to take care of her son....If he can't handle Amethi, then how can he handle the country," he told a rally here.

Sonia had told a rally in Amethi yesterday that the people should support policies of Congress and ensure victory of Rahul.

"I have handed over Rahul to you in 2004 following the tradition of Indira Gandhi, who had handed over her son Rajiv Gandhi to you," she had said.

Criticised by Gandhis for selling people dreams and giving an impression that he has a magic wand to turn around the country, Modi tried to turn the tables as he said he often wondered who they were referring to as they never named anyone.

He then cited a recent report in a US newspaper on Vadra's fortunes and said sarcastically he finally realised who Gandhis spoke about after reading the story.

"They spoke about a Class X pass youth who had only Rs 1 lakh in pocket and then went on to own Rs 300 crore in three years. This is the mother-son's model. You heard about 2G, now hear about jijaji (brother-in-law). Do we have to leave this country in their hands," he said.

Accusing Rahul of misleading the country on issues of women's safety, he said seven of the top 10 states in terms of crimes against women were ruled by Congress. "I think the new slogan of Congress is 'har haath loot har bol jhoot' (Loot

with every hand, all words are lies)."

Modi also took a dig at the comments made by PM's communications adviser Pankaj Pachauri in a recent media interaction.

"For the first time the PMO had to do a press conference to say what, that the PM spoke 1100 times in 10 years," he said. He said the PM's "performance" is that he spoke 1100 times in 10 years.

Referring to former media adviser to the PM, Sanjay Baru's book, he said it revealed that it was not Manmohan Singh but "ma-bete (Sonia-Rahul)" who were running the government. He said Singh was always criticised for all the bad things which happened in his government but now a former PMO official has disclosed that the real power was in the hands of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul.

Modi attacked Rahul for raising the issue of safety of women in his speeches, but overlooking increasing cases of crime against women in Delhi.

"During his visit to several parts of the country and even Chhattisgarh, Rahul talked about women's safety. If we switch on the television, we watch news of rape in Delhi. Dear Rahul, you are in Delhi. Your government is in Delhi. What is your government in Delhi doing Why are rape cases being reported. What your government is doing," Modi said. He said that according to the Government's report on

crime against women, out ofthe top ten states with the highest number of crimes against women, seven belong to Congress and the rest of the three state belongs to Congress allies.

None of the top ten states with highest crime rates against women are BJP-ruled states, he said.

"Dear Rahul, for how long will you keep telling lies The height of shamelessness is thatalthough they failed to spend even one rupee during the last one year, once again

theyallocated Rs 100 crore fund for the Nirbhaya Fund in this interim budget. Rahul speaks as if he has nothing to do with the running of the government inDelhi. He talks as if he has come from the moon," he said.

Referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, he said, "Have you seen a magician in this country who can change fortunes overnight Yesterday, I got to know about this magician through an American newspaper. A

tenth pass youth who had 1 lakh in his pocket converted it to Rs 300 crore in three years. Can you do it It's the magic of 'mother and son'. We had heard about 2G. Now we hear of Jijaji," he said.

"The Congress should introspect about why the people of Chhattisgarh hate the party," he said, adding that usually people forgive governments after five years, but Chhattisgarh has rejected the Congress for 15 consecutive years.