"I was watching TV last night and I saw the Congress leaders anxious and tensed because I call their leader 'shahzada' (prince). I want to tell my friends from Congress that if I call your leader 'shahzada' you feel bad...The countrymen also feel bad when you follow dynasty politics," Modi said while addressing the 'Hunkar Rally' in Bihar's Patna city on Sunday.
"I will stop calling 'shahzada' if you stop following dynasty politics," the Gujarat Chief Minister said.
Attacking the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, he urged the people of Bihar to remove the ruling party from power.
Modi said the people in Bihar should take a pledge to build a 'Congress-free India'.
Modi slammed the Congress for not being able to curb problems like inflation and unemployment.
"Congress leaders do not know what is poverty. But I know because I have lived it," he said
Modi said the Congress divided the country on caste lines.
"Let Hindus and Muslims join hands and fight poverty. We want to unite this country and therefore we will follow the politics of unity," he said.
The Hunkar Rally comes just months after the Janata Dal (United) [JD-U] announced its decision to sever ties with the BJP, ending a 17-year-old alliance and drawing clearer battle lines ahead of national elections less than a year away.
Attacking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Modi said,"People often ask me why the Bihar Chief Minister, who was our friend, left us? I said that if a man can leave JP (socialist leader Jai Prakash Narain) then he won't stay with the BJP."
He also said that when Nitish Kumar came to Gujarat to attend a wedding at that time he had ensured that the Bihar Chief Minister was looked after well because Indian culture taught him to attend to the guests.
Slamming the Bihar Chief Minister further for splitting with the BJP, Modi said Bihar BJP had enough strength to give a Chief Minister from the party but chose their friend Nitish Kumar for the same.
"We had twice as many MLAs as JDU. We could have had our Chief Minister but we chose to make our friend the Chief Minister," he said.
Modi addressed the rally even after a series of low-intensity blasts rocked Patna city ahead of his rally on Sunday.
According to reports, at least one person was killed as a crude bomb exploded in Patna railway station earlier in the day.
It was the first blast that rocked the city ahead of Modi's 'Hunkar Rally' in Patna.
Other blasts occurred around Patna's Gandhi Maidan where large number of people had gathered to attend Modi's rally.
The police have detained one person so far.
--IBNS (Posted on 27-10-2013)