New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dubbed his speech in Bihar’s Champaran as “immature”.
“MrRahul Gandhi needs a new script writer as his speeches have become stale. It was an extremely immature speech,” BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar told IANS.
“At one point of time during his speech, Mr Gandhi said that you can’t take economic decisions in the company of such people who who wear costly watches and keep costly pens. He may not understand the value of a pen but a mature man does,” he added.
Akbar questioned the absence of Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad from the Champaran rally.
“It is now clear why seniors like Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad did not share the dais with him,” he said.
Taking potshots at Modi over his poll promises without taking his name, Gandhi on Saturday called him a “feku“. Loosely translated, the Hindi word ‘feku’ means someone who bluffs.
“He had promised two lakh jobs, promised Rs 15 lakh in each of your accounts, to control inflation. One year of the Modi government has gone. Did it happen? Has anyone got Rs 15 lakh? Has inflation been controlled? Has anyone got employment? Feku tha, hai,” the Congress vice president said without taking Modi’s name.
India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.
Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.
The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.
“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”
Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.
Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”
The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.
The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.
A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.
Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.
The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.