Narendra Modi on Thursday brought Robert Vadra in the line of fire on controversial land deals, asking Rahul Gandhi whether his brother-in-law would be asked to act as 'chowkidar' (watchman) to guard peoples' land.
Bhartiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses a rally organised at Mahanagar Colony ground in Bareilly. (HT Photo/Sachin Saini)
Addressing election rallies in Kurukshetra, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon, Modi raised the pitch against Rahul and also Sonia Gandhi, who he accused of resorting to "rabid communalism" by appealing to Muslim leaders to ensure their votes are not split and sought Election Commission's action in this regard.
Taking a dig at Rahul in Kurukshetra in Haryana, Modi said "Shehzade" has been talking about the need for all countrymen to act as 'chowkidar' over its resources and asked if his brother in law (Vadra) would also be one of those keeping guard.
Vadra, who has drawn fire over his controversial land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan, has denied any wrongdoing.
Modi asserted that new laws would be framed to bring back black money stashed abroad if BJP comes to power while warning that those who have "looted" the country, no matter how powerful, would not be spared.
Against the backdrop of Sonia Gandhi's meeting with Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari where he said she had appealed to Muslims to vote en bloc for her party, Modi said, "Congress is sensing defeat. So now, their slogan has shifted from secularism to rabid communalism.
"What she said yesterday... I appeal to the Election Commission... Asking for votes on the basis of communalism is against the rules of Election Commission as the polls have been announced," he said.
Modi was addressing another public meeting in support of BJP candidates from Indirapuram in UP's Ghaziabad district on the outskirts of the national capital.
"24 hours have passed and the news has already appeared in the media. Why is EC not taking suo motu action in this regard?" he asked.
In Jammu, chief election commissioner VS Sampath said the Election Commission will take cognisance if it receives a complaint on the issue.
Modi also sought votes for the candidate from neighbouring Gautam Budh Nagar avoiding the jinxed town of Noida, where there is a popular belief that leaders who visit the town lose their positions.
On Wednesday, Sonia rejected the BJP charge that she was playing politics of communalism saying they were not in the habit and game of polarising elections.
"Sonia has made the mistake of trying to mislead and divide the nation. People will never forgive this kind of politics. For Congress, secularism is religion first but for us it is India first," he said.
Modi said for his party, secularism is to unite and develop while the Congress tradition was to divide and rule.
"For Congress secularism is an election slogan. For us every community is ours. For Congress secularism is vote bank politics, for BJP, development is national agenda. For Congress, it is a political weapon, for us it an article of faith," he said.
Modi appealed to the voters to give atleast 300 seats to the saffron party to pave way for a strong, stable and progressive government at the Centre.
"People should send more than 300 BJP members to the Lok Sabha plus extra members of the allies," he told the gathering in Kurukshetra while seeking their support for BJP candidate Raj Kumar Saini.
"This government at Delhi (at Centre) is certain to go...entire country knows this government will go," he said.
"They (Congress people) are scared what will happen on May 16 and what will be their place after May 16 (when poll results will be out)," he said.
Modi raked up the issue of government's alleged support for meat export and said he foresaw a "huge danger" for village economy as farmers were selling their cattle to meat exporters.
"We want green revolution and white revolution but the Congress is worried about 'pink revolution'... If there is no rain in a season, the village economy will be ruined in the absence of cattle. Non-vegetarians have to shell out more money due to the UPA's obsession with meat export," he said.
Accusing Congress of working to ensure that the BJP-led NDA does not reach the majority mark as its own "defeat" is certain, he said Uttar Pradesh will have a big say in the next government formation and urged people to see BJP gets a massive victory in the state.
"Congress does not want a government which could probe its black deeds. Don't you want a strong government which exposes all bad things they have done," Modi said.
"I want to ask him (Rahul) that those who looted coal, those who are facing charges of looting this resource, whose hands have got blackened.., will they too be your chowkidar".
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