Continuing his attack on the UPA, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday accused the Manmohan Singh-led government on using the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and other enforcement agencies to silence political opponents.
"The CBI can silence Mulayam (Singh) or Mayawati but not me," Modi said. He exhorted party supporters to throw the UPA government out of power.
Modi was welcomed by a huge gathering of BJP workers at the Mumbai Airport. To encourage the workers and leaders, he addressed them impromptu from a temporary dais.
He said the Congress government at the Centre had been trying to muzzle him using the CBI. But he said he was not like other leaders who buckled under pressure. He pledged to fight the Congress with strong support from the NDA followers.
He asked the supporters at the airport to topple the Congress-NCP state government. The state government is as corrupt as the Centre government, he said.
Local BJP leaders claimed that thousands of buses brought BJP workers to the airport.
In his brief visit to the city after his mammoth rally in New Delhi on Sunday, Modi tried to connect people of all possible strata.
On his arrival, he addressed commoners including party workers and then interacted with diamond traders dominated by the BJP supporting Gujarati community while inaugurating a new office of diamond merchants association at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.
Later in the evening, he shared his views on brand India with a high-profile gathering of corporates, international advertising gurus and marketing experts at Global Marketing Summit at a five star hotel at Bandra Bandstand.
Modi's tirade attack was significant on a day when a special court convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad in a prolonged fodder scam case.