Rallying points: Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal sound political battle cries
At his rally in Rohtak, former Delhi CM and leader of AAP Arvind Kejriwal targeted BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, slamming the latter over his silence on Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani and the vexing issue of doubling of gas prices from the next fiscal. ‘Mukesh Ambani has Modi in one pocket and Rahul Gandhi in the other. He can allow Modi to have a five-year term and also give Rahul Gandhi five years to rule,’ Kejriwal said, also attacking the Congress vice-president whose party, he claimed, favoured Ambani as part of the impending hike in gas price. He also questioned the source of funding for the massive poll campaigns engineered by Modi and Gandhi, asking both to come clean on the matters. The AAP leader also launched a blistering attack on Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as well as Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, and pointed fingers at the slew of land scams in the state.
Speaking at his rally in Ludhiana, Punjab, Narendra Modi, blasted the Congress-led UPA over corruption and price rise, saying the grand old party has become synonymous with ‘ABCD of corruption.’ ‘They (Congress) have changed the nomenclature of ABCD. It is now A for Adarsh (scam), B for Bofors, C for Coal scam,’ Modi said while addressing thousands at a ‘fateh rally’ at Jagraon in Ludhiana, adding that he wouldn’t allow anyone to loot the national treasury. ‘I want to know which panja is robbing the rupee’, Modi blared to much applause.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too went on overdrive and accused BJP of practicing ‘politics of blood’ by forever playing the communal card and pitting one religion against another to attain power. ‘BJP won’t hesitate in spilling blood if it finds it necessary to usurp power,’ Gandhi said at a rally in Dehradun. He asked why Modi wasn’t under Gujarat Lokayukta.