Drawing a direct fight between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the poll-bound state of Rajasthan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should chant names of businessmen and absconding defaulters of the country, instead of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.
While addressing a public rally in Vijaynagar district, Gandhi said: "Narendra Modi should no longer say 'Bharat Mata ki jai'. Instead, he should say 'Anil Ambani ki jai, Nirav Modi ki jai'." Taking a further jibe at the Prime Minister, he said, "If you talk of Bharat Mata then how can you forget about our farmers?"
With no holds barred, the Congress president said: "Farmers have been given Rs 45,000 crore for crop insurance. Of this, Rs 16,000 crore has been pocketed by Anil Ambani. These crop insurance was not for the farmers but to benefit Ambani."
In his attempt to reach out to maximum number of voters, Gandhi scion said: "Modi ji has ignored commonman's issues by lying to them. However, people of Rajasthan know better to stay from these lies."
He promised that if Congress comes to power in the state, he will pave a path of rapid development for villages, rural areas and Panchayats. The basic reform work for irrigation will speed up, he assured.
Touching upon the Rafale deal, he accused that Prime Minister Modi is silent over the issue because he is afraid that the truth of the matter will brand him a thief.
"Narendra Modi ji never mentions about Rafale deal in any of his speeches, he is afraid that if he speaks on this then people will shout 'chowkidar chor hai'," he said.
The single phase legislative assembly election is scheduled to be held on December 7. In the last elections in 2013, BJP had won a majority and Vasundhara Raje was given the position of Chief Minister of the state. Out of the total of 75.20 per cent voters who cast the ballot, BJP got 46 per cent votes while Congress only bagged 34 per cent.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)