Modi flays Rahul, appeals to citizens to ‘vote for India’

The BJP had booked 21 long-distance trains to ensure smooth travel for its supporters to Mumbai. In his hour-long address, Modi took potshots at the Congress, holding the party responsible for corruption in governance and high inflation.

Launching a fresh attack on Rahul Gandhi, Modi said that the Congress leader was making ‘innocent’ speeches against corruption at the FIICI convention in the national capital on Saturday even after his government in Maharashtra rejected the multi-million Adarsh scam report. ‘I was listening to a top Congress leader speaking against corruption. Look at his audacity. They are so deep in corruption and still, he presents himself with an innocent face. On the one hand, they reject the Adarsh report and on the other, they lecture on freeing India of corruption,’ the 63-year-old leader said.

‘Congress is all about minorityism. That’s their culture. In 90 districts across India where Muslims are in majority, PM announced packages. When asked in Parliament about the expenses in those districts in the past 3 years, they said not a penny has been spent. This is their vote-bank politics,’ Modi said.

Flanked by BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior leaders Nitin Gadkari and Gopinath Munde, Modi, in his Mumbai rally speech, also asked the people to ‘vote for India.’ ‘I want that in the next election, people should not vote for a party but for the country,’ he said to a visibly cheering audience. ‘The country is supreme ... So, I say, “Vote For India” to solve our problems,’ he said.

However, American diplomats were conspicuous by their absence in the wake of the chill in India-US relations.  The BJP had invited around 140 consulates and other diplomatic missions in Mumbai, besides 10,000 tea vendors,  for the Maha-Garjana rally.
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