After Indira, Rajiv, Rahul is marketing poverty: BJP

BJP president Rajnath Singh with Nitin GadkariBJP president Rajnath Singh with Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj in Sonepat, Haryana, on Sunday. PTI

Senior leaders of the BJP Sunday lashed out at the UPA government for "marketing poverty for votes".

At a rally in Sonepat, they said that if voted to power, eradicating corruption and inflation would be their government's topmost priority.

The rally was addressed by BJP president Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and former BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

"Indira Gandhi began marketing poverty followed by Rajiv and Sonia; and now this Yuvraj (Rahul Gandhi) is doing it. Sometimes he takes Kalavati's name in Parliament, sometimes he sleeps in a Dalit's house and asks mediapersons to click his pictures while sleeping in a cot, while he and his party do nothing for the poor. It is all drama. The Congress-led UPA government has crossed all limits of corruption. If anyone has hurt the honour and pride of this country, it is the Congress government," Rajnath said.

Taking potshots at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said, "The UPA government is a car where someone is holding the wheel and someone else is pushing the accelerator. The government is moving with a remote control."

Slamming Rahul and the Congress government for not doing adequate work for the poor and farmers, Gadkari said, "Irony of the nation is that wheat is cheap but bread and biscuits are expensive; oranges are cheap but juice is expensive; tomatoes are cheap, but sauce (ketchup) is expensive; potatoes are cheap, but potato wafers are expensive. I would like to ask, who does this government work for?" Gadkari asked.

Sushma said she was positive about BJP's chances in the 2014 polls. "To eliminate the loot of this government we need to hold strong in the Lower House," she said.

Taking a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, Gadkari said, "The in-laws are looting the land in the state and there is no government in Haryana."

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