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

In a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi for his recent remarks that one person riding a horse cannot solve the country's problems, which was construed as a dig at Narendra Modi for his projection for the country's top job, the Gujarat Chief Minister on Sunday questioned the Congress vice-president's knowledge and sense of history asserting that one person can "also do a lot of things". The CM cited the examples of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Lal Bahadur Shastri to buttress his claims.

Addressing his first public meeting in a south Indian state since his electoral hat-trick in Gujarat that propelled him into a PM contender, Modi reserved his sharpest barbs for the Nehru-Gandhi family, especially Rahul, whom he described as "a leader with a golden spoon". Even as he showered praise on the otherwise much-reviled BJP regime in Karnataka for its development works, he appeared to be addressing the national audience as he seamlessly moved from Bangalore to Delhi to target the Congress-led government for its perceived acts of omissions and commissions ranging from "safety in Delhi" to recent Chinese "incursions" into Indian territory, attack on Sarabjit, and beheading of Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops.

Rahul Gandhi, however, remained the main target of his attack at a "public meeting", largely comprising BJP workers, in Bangalore. "I have been hearing sermons. A leader with a golden spoon says one person cannot do anything. With your knowledge, what you have read in history and in your personal world, it is correct. But in the history that I have read and the tradition and the heritage we have, I can say that one person can do a lot of things," Modi said, adding that after Independence, Sardar Patel had been given the responsibility of uniting princely states, except Jammu & Kashmir whose charge had been given to Jawaharlal Nehru. "One person could not do anything in J&K, but another person Sardar Patel's example is in front of us," Modi said.

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