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Gujarat elections: I congratulate Congress on its ‘Aurangzeb raj’, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking at Malanpada in Dharampur, on the second day of his two-day visit to poll-bound Gujarat.

GujaratElection2017 Updated: Dec 04, 2017 23:42 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Dharampur
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves on his arrival to address a political rally at Surendranagar, on Sunday.(AFP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened the imminent elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the post of Congress president to the dynastic succession of Mughal rulers, and castigated the Congress for abandoning “public modesty” by deciding to make a person, who is out on bail in a graft case, its president.

His reference was to the National Herald case where Gandhi has been accused of cheating and misappropriation.

On Monday, the last day for filing papers in the Congress elections, Gandhi was the only candidate to file his nomination.

The Prime Minister also targeted the Congress over corruption during its rule, and spoke about the clean governance under him in Gujarat and at the Centre.

Modi also used Congress leader Mani Shanker Aiyar’s comments to make a point, despite the latter’s clarification that he was trying to compare succession during the Mughal era to a democratic process where anyone could contest.

“Mani Shanker Aiyar, who was a minister in the Congress government said ‘did elections happen during Mughal rule? After Jahangir, Shahjahan came, was any election held? After Shahjahan it was understood that Aurangzeb would be the leader. Does the Congress accept that it is a one family party?

We don’t want this Aurangzebi Raj (Aurangzeb’s rule).... For us, country comes first, 125 crore people of this country are our high-command,” Modi added.

Modi said that the thinking in the Congress is that if it can defeat the BJP in Gujarat, maybe people in other states will listen to it.

“Will you allow that to happen? Will you stop the journey of development in Gujarat?” Modi asked the audience which responded with an emphatic ‘no’.

The prime minister said even the Congress has accepted that the BJP is not an anti-Muslim party, as unlike in the past elections, it is not branding BJP leaders communal this time.

“If you remember 2002, 2007, 2012 (polls), all Congress leaders would brand us as communal and anti-Muslim. But before the 2017 polls, no leader is saying that BJP is communal. This means the Congress has also accepted that the abuse they were hurling against the BJP was false and meant for vote bank politics,” he said.