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Modi should stop fooling people: Rahul

Anirban Guha Roy & Haidar Naqvi, Hindustan Times  Kishanganj (Bihar)/Kanpur, April 17, 2014
First Published: 01:01 IST(17/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(17/4/2014)

Launching a direct attack on BJP’s PM nominee Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday questioned the ‘Gujarat model’ of development as well as the ‘lack of decency’ in the Gujarat CM’s language.

Addressing rallies in the Muslim-dominated Kishanganj in Bihar and Banda and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul attacked Modi for giving undue favours to industrialists in Gujarat for as paltry a sum as the cost of a toffee.

Reaching out to Muslim voters in Kishanganj, Rahul reiterated his party’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee.

He said the people of Bihar had an advanced "radar system" which would help them reject  the BJP.

"This election, it appears, is Modi’s election and not of the ordinary people. He wants to become chowkidar of the nation at any cost. He should stop fooling the people of the country," Rahul said.

He also took a dig at the Nitish Kumar government for not "properly implementing" the Central government’s welfare schemes.

In Banda and Unnao, Rahul criticised Modi’s aggressive speeches.

"Our Prime Minister, our party president takes names of opponents with respect, decency. Modi’s speeches are full of anger and criticism," he said.

He said Modi thinks he is the repository of all the knowledge in the world. "He can tell which way the wind was blowing in Banda while sitting in Gujarat."

In Unnao, the Congress vice-president said the 2014 general elections were battle of two ideologies. "One is about taking every one along, with love and compassion. The other is of (Nathuram) Godse and anger," he said.

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