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'Entire election schedule made to benefit Modi'

Entire election schedule made to benefit Modi

New Delhi: As campaigning for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Friday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the Election Commission of being "biased" and said that it has a different set of rules for the Prime Minister and for the opposition leaders.

"It does not look good to say this but the role of the Election Commission has been biased," he said, adding that it has different rules for Modiji and different rules for us.

"Partiality is clearly visible," he said.

"Even the entire election schedule has been made to benefit Modi, but the people of the country understand it," he said, adding that the Congress believes in the Election Commission as an institution.

Gandhi also said, "Modi and BJP have lots of money. They have unlimited money but we have truth on our side and truth will win."

Turning the tables on PM Modi, Rahul said he lost the huge opportunity that he had got in 2014. "He (Modi) forgot that people had not made him the PM to make big speeches, but to put India on the path of development."

Gandhi hit out at the BJP and PM Modi for showing the door to senior leaders of the party and said that his party respects the seniors and will make use of their experience.

"Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and our other senior leaders have much more experience. And we will use their experience," Gandhi said.

To a question that Modi was using personal attacks against him, he said: "If Modiji wants to talk bad about my family then it is up to him. But I would not speak anything bad for his family or him and instead, I shall return love to him."

The Congress leader also refused to comment on how many seats the party will win.

He said: "I have said it many times people of the country will decide. And on the basis of the people's decision, everything will be decided. So I would not speak on people's decision before May 23."

The Congress chief took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking any questions at his first press conference since taking office five years ago. "Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done!" Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

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