New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at the Congress over various issues ranging from crime against women, price rise and corruption. In his first rally in the national capital after being elevated as the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Modi criticised the Congress for running multiple governments in Delhi.
Taking a swipe at party President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul, he said, "Delhi is the city of governments. There is a mother's government, a son's government, a son-in-law's government. Then there is also a coalition government. The UPA allies are running their own governments and this is ruining Delhi."
Hitting out at UPA over corruption, he said, "For UPA, Gandhibhakti is worshipping wads Rs 1000 notes."
He said the Congress is used to corruption and instead of combating it, the party has simply stopped working. He said, "CWG was a lost opportunity and the scam was like looting India's sports persons."
Modi attacked the Congress party and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi for insulting the Prime Minister over his 'nonsense' comment on convicted legislators. He said, "When the party does not respect the Prime Minister, then why would someone else. Manmohan Singh has lost respect within the Congress."
He said, "Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Manmohan Singh a 'dehati aurat' (rural woman) during the UNGA."
Calling Manmohan Singh inefficient, he also expressed doubts whether the Prime Minister will be able to effectively deal with Pakistan. "Will Manmohan Singh be able to bring back the heads of soldiers who were beheaded by Pakistan," asked Modi.
He also said that the Prime Minister during his return from G20 summit had said that he will be happy to work under Rahul Gandhi. Taking a dig at Rahul, he said, "People will decide if the country will be run by the Constitution or by the wishes of the 'shehzaada'. Even UPA allies will have decide whether they will follow the constitution or the 'shehzaada'."
Modi said India is witnessing a battle between democracy and dynasty politics. "In 2014 India needs a dream team, not a dirty team. A government only has one religion, which is 'nation first' and only one holy book which is the Constitution," he said.
Modi also hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit saying she has nothing to do except cutting ribbons. "The Delhi Chief Minister has the responsibility of protecting girls, but she asks the girls to go back home early to evade threat of rape."
Modi asked people to trust BJP, look into his background, trust his work and his party workers. "Neither Narendra Modi nor BJP will break your trust. We would sacrifice ourselves to accomplish your dreams," he said.
"I was never a ruler, I will never be, I will always serve you," he said.
Even though Modi was hitting out at the Congress, his own party's senior leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh were not present in the rally. At Bhopal, earlier this week, where there was a show of strength, in Delhi Modi was accompanied by former BJP President Nitin Gadkari, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other leaders.
He did not highlight much of his Gujarat work but repeated the success stories of China, Japan and Korea.
Lakhs of people attended the rally at Japanese Park in Rohini. Large scale arrangements were made to make the rally a massive success. A 100-feet tall cut out of Modi was put outside the venue to greet people. LED screens were installed all over Delhi to show the live broadcast of the rally.
The faceless BJP in Delhi is pinning all its hope on Modi as the party believes that his charisma will help in garnering votes in the coming Assembly elections. But will his magic work, only time will tell.