Modi's hopes mocked; BJP hits back; 438 seats polling ends Wed
Byte by byte, barb by barb and jibe by jibe marked the day.
Ostensibly unmindful of downgraded campaigning standards, leaders, on the eve of the seventh phase of polling, took up cudgels to mount scathing onslaughts on rivals, and massive state machinery geared up in seven states and two Union territories for 89 seats hustings.
The ongoing exchange of barbs and jibes between the resurgent BJP and Congress went spicy when Priyanka in a veiled attack on BJP's PM candidate made light of Narendra Modi's oft repeated assertions of 'shehzada' and 'namuna' sobriquets for her brother Rahul Gandhi as ' a childish act' and felt it does'nt behoove a person aspiring to become India's Prime Minister .
''Top leaders of a party make fun of Rahul (Gandhi). At times they call him a specimen, at times they compare him to a comedian, at times they call him shehzada...you dream of becoming the PM, then why behave childishly,' Priyanka smilingly asked during her roadshow for Rahul in Amethi today.
During his whirlwind election tours, Modi who was in Himachal Pradesh ,further sharpened assaults on the Nehru-Gandhis.
In cooler climes of Solan, he asked voters to fetch at least 300 seats to the NDA front as a weak government at the Centre could not bring out India from the deep morass it found itself to be in.
Modi addressed public gatherings at Palampur and Mandi, invoking Kargil martyr Major Vikram Batra's line 'yeh dil mange more.' He said, ''yeh dil mange more,all seats of the state should be given to the party.''
His comment, however, stoked sharp reaction from Congress and Major's family who said the sacrifice of the martyr should not be politicised.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)