Enthused by his recent success in Bengaluru, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi campaigned aggressively in Mangalore and Belgaum on Thursday.
In his scathing speeches, he called the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi “arrogant”, referred to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as Mr Golden Spoon and mocked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Mangalore is important for the BJP as support for the party in the area has been going down as witnessed in the last local body elections.
Urging people to ensure a “Congress-free Karnataka”, Modi said, “Will you vote for a party that believes in vote-bank politics or a party for which development is the mantra?”
He attacked Sonia Gandhi, who was also campaigning in Karnataka on Thursday, for not addressing the “price rise” issue in her speech earlier that day.
“You are a mother… could you not shed tears for the plight of the poor… could you not say two words to assuage their feelings? That is because of your arrogance,” he said before launching a tirade against Rahul Gandhi.
Later on, in Belgaum too the Rahul bashing continued, though he did not name him.
“Mr Golden Spoon… you come here and say that there is bhrashtachar everywhere. Is there shishtachar in Delhi?” he said.
In his campaigns in Karnataka just a day ago, Rahul Gandhi had said that the BJP government in the state had won the world cup of corruption.
Referring to the PM, who had addressed rallies earlier this week, Modi said, “You are fortunate that he at least came and spoke. In Delhi, the poor man is not allowed to say anything.”