Narendra Modi targets Rahul Gandhi, counters his dig citing Patel, Shastri

He cited another example about how India used to be dependent on foodgrains from the US under PL 480 programme but it changed after Lal Bahadur Shastri's 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' call.

Reminding how the nuclear tests by Atal Bihari Vajpayee had "shown India's might" to the world, he lambasted the UPA government saying, "I have never seen such a weak and visionless government. Coming from Italy and killing our fishermen in Kerala! Aur Italy hamein aankkhe dikhaye (daring us)! But for the Supreme Court of India, the Government of India would not have done anything. Pakistan beheads our soldiers and we did nothing and rather offered chicken biryani to their PM! China intrudes into Hindustan's territory and we have no knowledge of it! Is it because of coalition compulsions as they always say? Even a small country like the Maldives is looking at us in defiance!"

Stating how even the life of a helpless girl is not secure in Delhi, the Gujarat CM said, "If they can't rule Delhi, how can they rule Karnataka?"

As Rahul Gandhi went on a comprehensive campaign trail in Karnataka, Modi launched no-holds-barred attack on the Congress vice-president, saying he violated in Karnataka all that he had committed himself to during the Congress's chintan shivir in Jaipur last January, like not giving tickets to those with criminal background or to brothers, sons and sons-in-law of party veterans, and to those who had lost elections by more than 15,000 votes.

"In the society we have been brought up, a son never disobeys his mother. In the Congress, the mother was crying and telling that power is poison. But, within 100 days, the son is saying give us power in Karnataka. The Congress's talk of power being poison is incomplete. Let me complete it. Congress has brought all kinds of poison in India of casteism, communalism and regionalism. It gave the poison of parivarvad (dynasty) to Hindustan. It is because of this poison that brothers are made to fight."

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