NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi fired up a verbal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Jan Akrosh Rally recently, questioning the PM’s “silence”, he capsized his rally to a mockery ground with searing remarks attacking the PM and his party taking absolutely no action over the Doklam standoff to the recent series of rapes in the country.
Rahul Gandhi said, “Modi ji did not speak a single word on Doklam during his visit to China. What kind of prime minister is he? He had tea with Chinese President and held meeting without a single agenda. In Doklam, China is making helipad and extending airport and the Indian PM is there conducting discussions without agenda. Our PM hasn’t spoken a single word on Doklam in China.”
Before Rahul Gandhi, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh also addressed the supporters and attacked the Modi government over “unfulfilled promises”. Directly targeting the PM, Sonia questioned what happened to his “Na khaoonga, na khane doonga” (will not engage in corruption myself, nor allow others) slogan. She said the government was muzzling dissenting voices, weakening institutions and dividing communities for poll gains.
Realizing that the comments and accusations could prove to be extremely noxious for the party image, Modi responded by challenging Congress president Rahul Gandhi to speak for 15 minutes and list down the party’s achievements in Karnataka without referring to a paper. Rahul Gandhi can speak in any language as he pleases, including his mother tongue, PM Modi said. “For 15 minutes, without taking a paper in your hand, can you please talk about the achievements of your government in Karnataka?” PM Modi said, addressing an election rally in Chamarajanagar district, from where he kicked off the BJP’s campaign in the poll-bound state today. “You can speak in any language as you please — English, Hindi or your mother’s mother tongue,” he added.
Modi was responding to Gandhi’s challenge, asking the prime minister whether he would be able to sit through 15 minutes of his speech in the Parliament. PM Modi mocked Gandhi saying, “He is correct. There is no way ordinary people like me, who do not even dress well, can sit with such high and mighty people like the Congress President. We are Kaamdaars (those who work). What is our level that we can sit with people like the Congress president, who is Namdaar and look down on us.”
PM Modi also launched a scathing attack with an aim to pull down Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s government, accusing it of indulging in large-scale corruption. “Where there is Congress, all roads of development are clogged. There is corruption, lack of harmony,” he said. Officially kickstarting the BJP campaign in Karnataka, PM Modi predicted that the BJP would storm to power in the state. “It is not a BJP wave in Karnataka but it is a BJP storm,” he said.
PM Modi shall address 15 rallies in five days in the state. Karnataka goes to polls on May 12 and the results will be announced on May 14.