Addressing a massive BJP rally here in the presence of about 2 lakh party workers, Modi said, "After returning from such an important G-20 summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not have any information about what happened there, what negotiations took place but came back and announced his new boss'sname and also under whom he wanted to work."
Even though he did not take a name, Modi's jibe seemed to be aimed at Singh's quote in the media that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was an appropriate candidate for the Prime Ministerial post.
He said that Congress is a very old party. "Before Independence, it was patriotic towards its country but after Independence, it only has bhakti towards one single parivaar," he said taking on the Gandhi family.
Modi was the star attraction of one of the biggest BJP rally here to mark the end of Vasundhara Raje's Suraaj Sankalp Yatra, which began in April first week and which travelled more than 14,252 km over 78 days and covered 181 assembly constituencies.
BJP workers who began gathering here last night all seemed to wait for hearing only Modi even as BJP president Rajnath Singh began his speech. Chants of "Modi, Modi" drowned Rajnath's speech and many of the BJP workers clambered up the pipe separations to get a glimpse of Modi.
The searing heat, the stuffiness and the immense crowd saw a number of persons fainting as well. But once Modi came on to speak, people were eager to listen to his rhetoric.
Modi, sensing the people's mood blasted the Congress and said Congress's alphabet consists of unique synonynms like A Adarsh Complex scam, B for Bhanwari Devi referring Rajasthan minister's Mahipal Maderna's murder of a nurse, C for Coalgate scam, D for defence scam and also Damaad ka Karobar (referring to Robert Vadra).
Pointing a finger at Congress's free schemes like free medicine in Rajasthan, Food Security Bill, he quipped the Congress does not do anything in the last 5 years but before the elections, it just starts distributing revris (freebies).
Making his prime ministerial ambitions very clear, Modi attacked Congress on every account saying those who rule does not have any accountability towards anyone.
Criticising the Congress, Modi dwelt on the N (Hindi) letter saying the Congress does not have a neta (leader), nor naitikta, nor niti (policy) and neither any niyat (intention) to work for the welfare of the people.
Rajasthan Congress had also gathered a sizable Muslim population in their traditional cap and burqas to show that they did not lack behind minority appeasement.
Modi was all praise for Raje and said he had never seen such a crowd. He said even Rajasthanis in Gujarat wanted to come and see Raje's yatra as she is very popular.
Emphasising that the Rajasthan's voting pattern and result would determine how India votes in 2014, he urged the people to show their strength.
Political observers however said it is not one of Modi's best speech as probably he was distracted due to the huge crowd and the number of people who were clambering up the poles to get a better view and escape from suffocating heat and crowd.
There were apprehensions that the poles and separating divisions may fall and cause a major accident.
BJP officials said the leaders were fearing any mishap and rounded off their speeches early. The main dais housed only the top leaders while the second dais had second rung BJP leaders of the state.
About 1,500 policemen were pressed into service along with 100 CCTV to monitor the rally. There were traffic snarls everywhere in the city after the rally ended.
On Wednesday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is expected to take on Modi in the tribal belt of Salumbar and begin his Rajasthan campaign. There is bound to be comparisons and as such Congress were taking no chances, so to avoid any clashes, the party reportedly picked Salumbar, a location away from the urbane voters.
--IBNS (Posted on 10-09-2013)