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Centre not facing anti-incumbency for the first time : Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

on Tuesday claimed that for the first time the Centre is not facing any anti-incumbency this election and hit out at saying it has lost credibility among the people as it has no mission and its leader (Rahul Gandhi) lacks vision.

He also claimed that for the first time the party (BJP) in power at the Centre is contesting polls with confidence, while opposition parties are frustrated and disheartened.

People know that the BJP-led government at the Centre is working honestly for the development of the country and there is no anti-incumbency factor this time, he told a public meeting here.

"People are not angry with Modi or the BJP-led government. They are angry with the and its 'Mahamilawati' (highly adulterated) friends for their behaviour. They have been spreading lies and making false allegations," the said.

"Now everybody knows that has no mission, while its leader has no vision. They are devoid of principles and intentions," Modi said without naming anyone.

Mounting a scathing attack on the Congress, he said it can go to any extent for its

"The party and its friends have only one agenda - that of 'Modi Hatao'," he said.

Modi held an impressive roadshow from Bhubaneswar airport to Baramunda ground for the public meeting.

The slammed the Naveen Patnaik-led in Odisha accusing it of having failed to pull the state out of backwardness and for protecting the corrupt.

"I can see enthusiasm among the people here who are keen to elect a double engine government by voting for BJP both at the Centre and in Odisha to ensure speedy development," he said.

Assembly election in Odisha is being held along with polls in four phases. While the first phase was held on April 11, the remaining polls will be held on April 18, 23 and 29. The state has 21 and 147 Assembly seats.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 20:20 IST