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Modi continues tirade against Congress

As part of its ‘carpet-bombing’ strategy, the BJP held nearly 50 election rallies, addressed by its star campaigners LK Advani, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and other senior leaders, reports Sidhartha Roy.

delhi Updated: Nov 26, 2008 23:16 IST
Sidhartha Roy

As part of its ‘carpet-bombing’ strategy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held nearly 50 election rallies on Wednesday, addressed by its star campaigners LK Advani, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders.

From roads and power to terrorism, Advani and Modi didn’t leave any stone unturned to attack the Congress. “Delhi is the Capital of the country but it has no proper power supply,” Modi said.

“In my Gujarat there is 24-hour uninterrupted power supply and not only in the cities but in every village,” he said while addressing a rally in Najafgarh. “Even Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have generators at home for power supply.”

Modi also attacked the Congress government in Delhi for inflated power bills. “The bills that Delhiites pay are the highest in the country. It seems people in Delhi have too much money,” he said.

Modi said the Congress has not done any development work in Delhi during its tenure. “Ask any Congressman the five development work they have done in last five years and they won’t be able to answer,” he said.

“Senior officials of Delhi government are going to jail because the government failed to keep its promises,” Modi said while referring to the Delhi High Court’s two-week jail order on Tuesday for former Delhi Jal Board CEO Arun Mathur and two other top officials for their failure to prevent sewage from flowing into Yamuna.

“Now it is your turn to pronounce a sentence on the Congress and vote it out of power,” he said.

Modi also claimed that while prices of commodities have gone up four times during the Congress rule in Delhi, Gujarat is not affected as much by price rise.

After taking up local issues, Modi attacked Congress on the issue of terrorism. “I had given them information about the blasts but they were busy doing a fashion parade. The Home Minister was busy changing clothes after the blast,” he said.

Modi also said the Congress is maligning the Indian Army by claiming army men are terrorists, while referring to the arrest of Army officer Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit, for his alleged involvement in the Malegaon.

“It is Mahatma Gandhi’s dream that the Congress should be disbanded after independence was achieved but the dream remains unfulfilled,” he said. “I request people of Delhi to fulfil the wish and put an Italian lock on Congress so it never opens,” he said.