Jayal (Nagaur): A day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi for alleged involvement in Snoopgate, Modi took aim at the Gandhis. Referring to Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, Modi said that while Gujarat had become a hub of solar power, Rajasthan had become a centre of “son-in-law power.”
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi addresses at Shri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi. PTI
“We have heard of thermal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar power but in Rajasthan we heard of son-in-law power,” Modi said while addressing a public meeting in Rukedia village in Pali district.
Earlier, Modi addressed a large meeting in the farming heartland of Rajasthan at Jayal in Nagaur district. He said the slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” did not hold true in India today as farmers were committing suicide and soldiers were being martyred on the border as the enemy was taking away their heads while air force planes were crashing and navy submarines were exploding.
Jayal is traditionally a Congress stronghold. Wearing saffron jacket and pale kurta, Modi looked tired during his 15-minute speech. The public meeting was held in support of BJP candidate from Nagaur, CR Chaudhary.
“Only a stable government can reply to threats to our country. To save the pride of the country, a stable government is important. I appeal to you to support us and help us cross the 300 mark (number of LS seats). Temperatures will rise in coming days and people will make travel programmes for summer vacations but before that they should vote for the country,” Modi said.
Modi asked what the Congress, which had ruled the country for 60 years, had done to curb rising prices and to provide employment and basic facilities like water, electricity and roads.
“Rahul Gandhi behaves as if he has come from Mars and is enjoying while his mother is ruling. The exit of the Congress is imminent. Now the public has to decide what kind of farewell they want to give to the Congress. Bharat ko dum wali sarkar chahiye, dama wali sarkar nahi. (India needs a stable and strong government not a feeble one),” Modi said.
Modi had reached Jayal three hours later than the scheduled time as the BJP released its manifesto in New Delhi. People braved the soaring temperature and sandy whirlwinds and waited patiently for his arrival. State energy minister Gajendra Khimsar and state BJP president Ashok Parnami had to face hooting by the young BJP supporters who were not interested in listening to anyone other than Modi.
“We have come here to listen only to Modi. He is the one who can change the country,” Yogendra Chaudhary, an enthusiastic young supporter at the rally said.
Shouts of “Har, Har Modi” rent the air as Modi reached the venue. BJP national secretary Bhupendra Yadav, state unit president Ashok Parnami and all the BJP MLAs from area were present on the dais. Durg Singh Chauhan, a turncoat who joined BJP from BSP last month and Rajput leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi and Dr Sahdev Chaudhary who joined BJP from Congress last month were present.
At the public meeting in Rukedia village in Pali district, Modi termed the Congress manifesto a Dhokha patra (false promises). “Sonia Gandhi, Shehzada and Congress government have cheated you. They had promised jobs to 10 crore youth. But they did not fulfill their promise. They have broken their promise and you should break your ties with them,” he exhorted the crowd. Appealing to the people to vote for BJP, Modi said while the Congress had destroyed the country in 60 years, he would bring about change within 60 months.