Quit dynasty politics, I'll give up saying Shehzada: Narendra Modi tells Congress
- Committed to peace, but will react to unprovoked firing: Foreign secy
- US: 5 dead, including gunman, in Tennessee military facilities shootings
- Net Neutrality report by DoT: The key recommendations that need to be noted
- Efforts on to secure release of Indian held in China: officials
- 'Not at fault', replies UP cop Amitabh Thakur to chargesheet
BJP leader Narendra Modi on Sunday said he will stop calling Rahul Gandhi as 'Shehzada' (prince) if the Congress, whose leaders are "uncomfortable" with this, decides to discontinue its "dynastic rule".
"Congress ke mitra bahut pareshan hai ki Modi shehzade kyon keh rahe hain... unhe nind nahin aati hai (Congress leaders are troubled with Rahul being referred to as shehzade. They are unable to sleep well)," Modi said at a poll rally here.
"Lekin main phuchhta hun ki Shehzada kehne ki naubat kyun aai (I want to know why I was compelled to refer him as shehzade?)" he said at BJP's election rally in Gandhi Maidan, his first public meeting in Bihar in over three years.
Modi the BJP's PM candidate, said people dislike dynastic rule as much as the Congress is feeling offended over this. "I will stop calling Shehzada if the Congress promises to do way with dynastic politics," Modi said.
Attacking the Congress-led UPA, Modisaid democracy has weakened in the country under its rule as four enemies of democracy -- dynastic and family rule, casteism, communalism and opportunism -- remained prevalent during their tenure.
"There are four enemies of democracy -- dynastic and family rule, casteism, communalism and opportunism -- and the misfortune of the country is that UPA has simultaneously practised all four vices for power at the Centre," he said.
"All these four vices have been evident during UPA rule," Modi said and criticised the ruling UPA at the Centre for hunger, poverty, and unemployment during its nearly 10-year rule.
Blaming Congress for "sins" of price rise and inflation, Modi said to add to the misery of people reeling under food inflation, Planning Commission had come up with a report which says a person can have two square meals a day for Rs 26.