Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Congress had become a “burden” on India and Jawaharlal Nehru would have been saddened by the nation’s condition.
Speaking at a rally in Kawardha, Chhattisgarh ahead of the second phase of assembly polls on November 19, he said today was the birth anniversary of the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
"Pandit Nehru would cry seeing the condition of children, whom he loved, and the country today. But he would not know whom to reproach as 'sab apne hi hain' (all those responsible for the situation are in the family)," the Gujarat CM said.
This is for the second time Modi is campaigning for his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh in the state.
He took a dig at Congress over a comment by a Maharashtra Congress leader who said artists awarded by the central government should be stripped of honours if they take sides in politics. It was apparently aimed at singer Lata Mangeshkar who had wished for Modi’s success in next year’s Lok Sabha elections at a function.
“Does she not have a right to express her feelings? Is this the language of democracy,” Modi told an election rally at Durg.
He blamed the Congress party for rewarding those who he said were spread disinformation campaign against him and Gujarat.
The Congress, he said, did not survive at the Centre because it had a majority of seats in Parliament, but because it browbeat its supporters such as SP, BSP and DMK.
He slammed Congress for favouring "dynastic politics".
"(Someone's) wife is contesting election, son is contesting election and father is also trying to enter from various places," Modi said referring to Jogi and his family.
Jogi's son Amit Jogi is contesting from Marwahi constituency, whereas his wife Renu is in fray for polls from Kota constituency of Chhattisgarh.
"Congress does not see anything beyond family. Had Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh been in Congress, his son Abhishek would have been given a ticket. But we have given ticket to another candidate," he said.
Modi said the Congress failed to eradicate hunger from the country, citing an international survey that said during Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, India was at 119th spot as far as the status of hunger was concerned worldwide.
He said as per a 2012 survey, as many as 40 countries were out of the list of most hunger-affected nations and only 79 were left now, India one of them but at the bottom of the list behind Pakistan and Uganda.