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Modi mocks Cong over party prez election, says 'no democracy in own house'

'If you do not have democracy in your home (Congress) how can you practise it in the country,' Modi asked

Press Trust of India  |  Surendranagar 

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally for the state assembly election in Surendranagar on Sunday

Mocking the over the upcoming of its president, Prime Minister on Sunday alleged the party had a history of rigging organisational polls.

The outcome of the to the top post in the was a foregone conclusion, said while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Surendranagar district.

"If you do not have democracy in your home (party) how can you practise it in the country," asked.

Modi told the crowd that had gathered for the Assembly rally here that an election was to be held in the party for its president.

"What is the result everybody knows," he said, prompting the crowd to reply that the post would go to (Congress vice-president) Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi is likely to be elected Congress president in the ongoing organisational polls.

Modi went on to claim that this was a practice in the

"Sardar Patel got more votes than Jawaharlal Nehru when the had (then) to decide who would be the prime minister of the country. But that election was rigged and Nehru won," he alleged.

This is what happened with Morarji Desai, too, Modi said.

"They have a history of rigging elections," he charged.

Referring to Congressman Shehzad Poonawalla by his first name, Modi said he had raised questions over the process of elections and had alleged it was being rigged.

"They keep on muttering words like tolerance, tolerance, tolerance... But the party has brought out a diktat to silence this youth. The party has gagged him from all groups; he has been collectively boycotted by that party," the prime minister claimed.

"We have a Gujarati saying which means that a bucket can get filled only if there is water in the well. If you do not have democracy in your home (party) how can you practise it in the country," Modi said.

The prime minister is slated to address another election rally later in the day. will vote in two phases to elect a 182-member Assembly on December 9 and 14.

First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 18:41 IST