A thundering Modi attacks ''Shehzada'' on development, poor and ISI remarks.
BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi are again sharing some verbal battle on Development front as Narendra Modi once again on Friday launched a blistering attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of mocking the poor. Modi made a promise of development—this time to the people of Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh. “The question before us is, can Bundelkhand not be developed? There are so many rivers in the area yet this place faces water scarcity. It is the governments in Delhi and Lucknow that is unable to develop this area,” the Gujarat chief minister told a gathering in Jhansi in a nearly hour-long speech.“The people of the country gave Congress 60 years, give the BJP 60 months (5 years) and I will not only change your future but also the face of the country.”Modi not only highlighted the shortcomings of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), but also questioned the claims of Rahul Gandhi, who had preceded him in the region. Modi didn’t name Gandhi once in his speech but referred to him constantly as Shehzada (Prince). He accused Gandhi of mocking the poor by going to their homes “to see the achievement of his family members who failed to eradicate poverty”. This was Modi’s first campaign visit to Bundelkhand and second to Uttar Pradesh—a state ruled by the BJP’s rival Samajwadi Party—in less than a week. On Thursday, Gandhi too had made a development-focused speech in which he described Bundelkhand as “a victim” of the BJP’s “India Shining” election campaign of 2004. Narendra Modi said the Congress-led Central government had sent a huge financial package for Bundelkhand. “The money was sent for Bundelkhand but the entire package went into the pockets of the people in Lucknow and Delhi. The time has come to pack them off. It is the trio of Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which should be rooted out of the state,” he said. Modi went on to ask the crowd if the people of Bundelkhand—a region straddling Uttar Pradesh and BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh—were only meant to work as migrant labourers in Gujarat and Mumbai. He alleged that even though the Lok Sabha elections were just months away, the Congress-led government at the Center was still not prepared to answer questions about its achievements. “The combination of SP, BSP and Congress loots everyone. How is it that the regions of Bundelkhand which are in Madhya Pradesh are better irrigated and yield three times more crops? Uttar Pradesh is the land where Congress party is arrogant, Samajwadi Party is only interested in its family members and BSP is involved in identity politics,” he said. Launching a scathing attack on Gandhi, Modi raised doubts about his recent claims made in Sagar, an area of Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh, that Pakistan’s intelligence agency was in touch with some youths after communal riots erupted in Muzaffarnagar. Demanding an apology for “defaming” the people of Muzaffarnagar, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate asked Gandhi to name the people who were in touch with the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) spies. “Who is this Shehzada? Why are intelligence officers briefing him? He is a member of Parliament. Has he taken an oath of secrecy which is needed? I want to know what is his government doing to counter the designs of ISI. Has the Congress party become a news agency which only gives news reports? Government should answer what steps it is taking against the ISI. If the Shehzada cannot give names of the people who are in touch with the ISI, then he better apologize to them,” said Modi.