Alleging that peddling falsehoods has become the nature of the Congress, BJP president Amit Shah Mondayattacked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for "lying" over a Supreme Court order on the Rafale fighter jet purchase deal.
"The Supreme Court heard the (Rafale) case on a preliminary technical objection. The Supreme Court passed its judgement, and Rahul baba started saying the Supreme Court hadrebuked the government on the Rafale issue. In reality, no such thing happened," Shah said in Kodinar.
The apex court, which had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal with France, had on April 9 said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by petitioners.
"It only worked to remove a preliminary objection. The case is still going on, and has also been heard in the past. But he (Gandhi) started speaking repeatedly. A BJP MP moved a contempt notice.
"And today, the respectable SC has issued notice and asked Rahul Gandhi to explain what he had said," Shah told the crowd.
"Telling a lie, telling it loudly, and repeatedly, has become the nature of the Congress party," he said.
Shah said Khan, the SP, and its Uttar Pradesh ally BSPshould apologise for the "disgusting" remark.
He also hit out at the Opposition for their tiradeagainst electronic voting machines (EVMs).
"The Congress is scared of defeat. Earlier they would put the reason of defeat on EVMs. Now, even as the first phaseof election is completed, it says BJP will win due to EVMs. This shows Congress party has accepted defeat," he said.
"You have won (assembly elections) in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The EVM is good where it (Congress) wins, andbad where it loses. Rahul Baba, it does not matter what you say. The people of the country understand everything," he said.
Shah further said the Modi government has worked hard to alleviate poverty and secure the country.
Taking a dig, he said the Congress and Pakistan had "mourned" after the Balakot air strike.
"While youths across the country were bursting crackers, distributing sweets, paying tributes to martyrs, a mourning was held at two places. One in Pakistan, which was crying and beating its chest.
"The second mourning gripped the office of Congress," he said, adding that the main opposition party is still batting for holding talks with Pakistan.
In an apparent reference to a popular Bollywood song, Shah said, "Rahul Baba, go ahead and do 'Ilu Ilu' with terrorists, but this is BJP and Narendra Modi government. Our policy is clear. For every bullet from Pakistan, we will respond with a bomb."
The BJP chief also attacked former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah over his "separate PMs" remark, and asked Gandhi if he agrees with Abdullah.
Speaking at Deesa, Shah took a dig at the "maha- gatbandhan" (grand alliance of anti-BJP parties).
"This is how the coalition government will be run. (BSP supremo) Mayawati will become prime minister on Monday, Akhilesh Yadav (SP chief) on Tuesday, Sharad Pawar (NCP president) on Wednesday, Chandrababu Naidu (TDP president) on Thursday, Deve Gowda (JD-S leader) on Friday, Mamata Banerjee (TMC chief) Saturday, and Sunday will be holiday. Can a country be run like this?" he asked.
Shah said the Congress is still doing a lip service for the cause of the poor even after four generation of the party has ruled the country for 55 years.
Shah held a two-km-long roadshow at Deesa before addressing the rally.
Gujarat will vote in a single phase on April 23 for all its 26 Lok Sabha seats.
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