LS polls: 3 leaders heighten election fever
As the Lok Sabha polls draws near, three top politicians-Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal-heated up the election fever by attacking each other and attempting to woo voters by highlight their party's agendas on Sunday.
Taking a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for his graft bills, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said the government is crying foul over corruption when its own kitty is full of same.
"Now-a-day Congress leaders are targetting others over corruption, which surprises me. The irony is all alphabets in English indicate Congress's grafts, like A for Adarsh scam, B-Bofors scam, C for Coal scam," Modi attacked while addressing a 'Fateh' rally in Ludhiana in Punjab.
The Gujarat Chief Minister said that Gujaratis and Sikhs have done several developmental works together throughout the world.
"The ally of Shiromoni Akali Dal and the BJP is not merely a political alliance to fight elections.. but is an alliance of social brotherhood and unity of people," Modi said.
He said the Congress is against this and that Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal has curbed their corruption here in Punjab.
"Congress is troubled that due to BJP-Akali alliance their divide and rule games cannot work. Their design has failed," the aspiring PM said.
"It was believed that incumbent governments change but Badal Sahab broke that trend. Punjab chose development," Modi added.
Slamming the ruling party in Centre he said, "Sadly Congress believes only one family needs to be glorified. They forget Lala Lajpat Rai, Badal Sahab remembered them."
Modi called himself a soldier and said that even if the country elects him as a PM, he will work as a "chaukidar" (watchman) of people's money.
"I will never let any Hand touch the coffers," he promised.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on the other hand attacked Modi while addressing a rally in Uttarakhand and said the Gujarat Chief Minister
has kept himself above the Lokayukta in his state while the opposition party has never cooperated with the Congress led UPA government in passing the Lokpal Bill.
"When will Gujarat get Lokayukta?" asked Rahul Gandhi addressing the rally and pointing out that BJP does not speak about their own blots like Yeddyurappa in Karnataka or corruption in Madhya Pradesh while they attack the Congress.
"All they care for is power. While they want power from you to be the PM, we want to empower you," he said attacking Modi and mentioning the anti-corruption mechanisms brought by the UPA.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose party made spectacular debut in the political arena last year, slammed both the Gandhi family and Modi on Sunday.
Kick-starting his Lok Sabha campaign with a rally in Haryana on Sunday, Kejriwal said the state's Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has robbed the farmers to hand over land to the likes of Robert Vadra and Ambanis.
"There are land scams across Haryana. The Chief Minister is like a property dealer. He robbed the farmers to give land to Vadra and Ambanis," said Kejriwal sharpening his attack on the Congress chief minister.
AAP is set to contest in a big way in Haryana from where a large number of AAP volunteers came in the past.
He also attacked Modi over his collusion with industrialists questioning the funding for his helicopter trips. "I have a photo of Modiji, where it shows the helicopter of Adani [Modi has been accused of favouring the Adani group in Gujarat] behind Narendra Modi. Can a tea seller have so many helicopters?" asked Kejriwal.
He said the media has been purchased too by the Ambanis and they have been asked to air good stories on Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi while showing him in poor light.
He said the politicians are like slaves of Mukesh Ambani who is actually running the country and not Manmohan Singh or Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi.
(Posted on 24-02-2014)