Modi’s latest: 'If Madam is ill, let the child take over'

Narendra Modi

IN a no-holds-barred personal attack on the Congress leadership, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said it was "besharam" (shameless), "beemar" (unwell) and "bahurupiya" (shapeshifter).

Addressing a rally in Bemetra, Narendra Modi said, "Agar Madam beemar hain toh bachche ko kaam do (If Sonia Gandhi is unwell, hand over the work to her child)."

Modi also criticised Sonia and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for their recent statements that the Centre had provided enough funds to the Chhattisgarh government. "Kya aap apne mama ke ghar se laakar de rahe ho? (Are you getting the funds from your maternal uncle?) It is public money," he said.

In a veiled attack on former chief minister Ajit Jogi, who is wheelchair-bound, he said, "Earlier, movies often had a certain sequence. The groom's family would visit a house to fix his marriage. This family would have two daughters. One of them would be beautiful, and the other would have some problem in her limbs... Jo achhi beti hoti thi, usse chai-paani parosne ke liye bahar le aate the. Jo sharer men taklif wali beti hai, usse andar rakh dete the, lekin shaadi ke samay usko bitha dete the (The family would bring out the beautiful daughter to serve tea. The other daughter would be kept indoors. But at the time of the wedding, the latter would be brought out)."

He said the "Congress is doing the same. It is not disclosing its chief ministerial candidate. Kaun hai, laao to, dekhen to, humein pata to chale. Purani filmon wali katha nahi chalegi ki beti ek dikhayen, mandap mein dusri bethe (Who is the CM candidate? Let us also know. It cannot be like the old films, where one daughter was shown and the other was married off)." It is speculated that Jogi's nominee is likely to be the chief ministerial candidate if the Congress wins the elections.

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