Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi markets poverty to gain political mileage, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Rajnath Singh while addressing "Parivartan rally" here on Sunday.
He said: "Whenever he (Gandhi) visits the poor, he makes sure that it is marketed well. He gets himself clicked while sleeping on a cot or eating at a Dalit's house."
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said the country could never progress under his leadership as those in the government's "driving seat" and those "pushing the accelerator" were different.
Rajnath Singh at a rally in Sonepat on Sunday. Manoj Dhaka/HT
He said: "Hamare pradan mantri ke haath mein to jaadu hai. Jis cheez par bhi haath rakh dete hain wahi gayab ho jati hai. Fir chahe wo aaloo ho, tamaatar, pyaaz ya coalgate file ho. (Our Prime Minister has magical hands. Whatever he touches disappears - from potatoes, tomatoes and onions to the files of the coalgate (coal allocation)."
About BJP, he said the party, after coming to power at the Centre, would form pro-farmer policies to combat suicides by agrarians in the country.
Those accompanying the national BJP president at the rally were leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj, former party president Nitin Gadkari and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi.
A month ago, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had also visited the state (read Rewari) to address an ex-servicemen rally.
Sushma strikes Haryanvi chord
Sushma Swaraj, who hails from Ambala, said: "Is baar mein aapse uparli or tarli dono vote maangne ayi hoon, kyunki pichli baar aapne dono vote meri party ko nahi di thi. (This time I am asking you to vote for the BJP in both Lok Sabha and assembly elections because last time you did not cast either in my party's favour.)"
She said the BJP-HJC was not anti-Jat alliance, as dubbed by some critics. On the suspense of the BJP's alliance with the HJC, she said: "This alliance will never break and will definitely defeat the state Congress in the upcoming assembly elections."
Regarding the distribution of seats in the elections, she said the BJP would contest on eight seats, while the HJC on two.
BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh at Sonepat. Manoj Dhaka/HT
Haryana behind BJP-ruled states
Former party president Nitin Gadkari said the BJP-ruled states - Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat - were far better than the Congress-ruled Haryana in terms of agriculture growth rate.
He said the rate in MP was 18.5% and in Gujarat 11.5% against Haryana's 5.4%.
He said farmers were leading a prosperous life in both the BJP-ruled states, but their counterparts in Congress-ruled states were committing suicide.