Lok Sabha Election Campaign: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Karnal, Haryana saying that PM calls people as ‘mitron’ (friends), while he calls Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi as ‘bhai’ (brother). He added that Modi takes money from ‘mitron’ and give to ‘bhaiyon’ (brothers).
“Have you heard Modi ji’s speeches? When he talks to you, he calls you ‘mitron’. Why does he call Anil Ambani&Mehul Choksi ‘bhai’? Mehul bhai, Anil bhai, Lalit bhai, Vijay bhai. Mitron se paisa lete hain aur bhaiyon ko dete hain,” ANI quoted Gandhi as saying.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day in a major setback for the Congress party, Gujarat High court rejected Hardik Patel’s plea seeking suspension of his conviction in a rioting case of 2015 in Mehsana. As per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Hardik Patel won’t be able to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election due to his conviction.
Earlier in the day, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi attacked the Modi government over various issues. Addressing a rally in Ayodhya, Priyanka accused the BJP government of working for industrialists and said that it is anti-farmer, anti-forces.
Earlier, addressing the first of his three election rallies on Friday in Koraput, Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the state’s ruling BJD government of doing little for poor tribals of the state. PM Modi, who is scheduled to address other two rallies in Mahbubnagar, Telangana and Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, later in the day, also slammed the Congress and other Opposition parties for asking for proof of Balakot air strike and raising questions over the announcement of success of Mission Shakti.
“It’s about time to give an apt answer to people who are insulting the capabilities of our scientists and the armed forces. Odisha and India need a majboot govt, not a majboor one,” PM Modi said.
Having set the tone for the Lok Sabha elections in three rallies in Meerut, Rudrapur and Jammu on Thursday, it is clear that the PM has made national security the BJP’s pitch for the general elections this time. Prime Minister Modi made several references to the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force at terror camps inside Pakistan.
While lauding his government’s determination and resolve on national security, the PM made scathing attacks at the Opposition parties who questioned the air strikes and even dubbed them “heroes of Pakistan”.
While the rallies addressed yesterday were all in the strongholds of the BJP, PM Modi today is in the territory where the BJP is hoping to make inroads this time around. Besides taking on the local leadership, the Prime Minister is also expected to launch attacks at Rahul Gandhi’s NYAY scheme that seeks to provide Rs 72,000 annually to 20% of India’s poorest.