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

Narendra ModiModi said Congress should first implement the election promises it is making here like free rice and 24-hour electricity in states where it is in power. (PTI)
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.

While Modi addressed four rallies in the state today, he failed to draw significant crowds. At the rally in the party's bastion of Raipur, which was attended by Chief Minister Raman Singh and three top ministers, the crowd numbered 6,000-7,000, according to police estimates.

"Recently, Madam was here and said that the land of the poor is being snatched. Madam Soniaji, are you really concerned about the land of the poor? Whatever you said in Chhattisgarh, please repeat it in Gurgaon, Jodhpur and Barmer... make the same speech in the presence of Haryana's IAS officer (Ashok) Khemka," said Modi.

Modi did not spare Prime Minister Manmohan Singh either. Referring to his recent meeting with Congress workers in an indoor stadium in Raipur, he said, "Pradhan Mantri outdoor ke khiladi nahin hain (The Prime Minister is not an outdoor player). Even indoors, he does not come across as a player or even an umpire, but as a score-keeper. The reason is that the PM did not even contest the Lok Sabha elections. The root of democracy lies in elections. A leader who is never visible in elections, he can do only indoor... when a leader is indoors, he can never understand the grief of people."

Describing the Congress as a "bahurupiya", he said the party keeps changing names and identities but its "neeyat (mentality)" remains the same. "Once it was born as Bharatiya Rashtriya Congress, nobody knows how many names they changed later. Kabhi indicate, kabhi syndicate bani. Then it became Congress(I), now that has changed too. Earlier it meant Indira Congress, now it means Italy Congress. Once its symbol was a pair of oxen, then a cow and a calf, now a hand," said Modi. "They have mastered the sleight of hand," he added.

"Inka jana tay hai. Ye bach nahin sakte. Sirf kursi par se jayenge aisa nahin, pata nahin kahan kahan chale jayenge (The Congress is sure to go, it cannot escape)," he said.

On Wednesday, Durg MP and BJP Mahila Morcha national president Saroj Pandey had said, "The Prime Minister does not know what is to be said and what is not to be said. He is given a paper, and he reads it out. Pradhan Mantriji kuch bol nahin pate hain. Unke shareer men upper dipper ke sivay koi harkat nahin hoti hai. (The Prime Minister cannot say anything. Except the upper dipper, there is no sensation in his body)."

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