Sonia and Modi hold poll ral­lies, the war of words gets shriller

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KHAR­GONE/ REWA / RAIPUR: It is get­ting shriller and nas­tier out there as polling dates draw close.

A day af­ter Naren­dra Modi talked about her ill­ness and sug­gested that Rahul Gandhi take charge, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi hit back on Fri­day. The BJP’s hope of re­turn­ing to power was noth­ing more than a day­dream, Gandhi said, ad­dress­ing ral­lies in Mad­hya Pradesh, which goes to the polls on Novem­ber 25.

“BJP lead­ers are day­dream- ing about power... They are so en­grossed in their greed for power that they are pulling each other down,” she said.

In neigh­bour­ing Ch­hat­tis­garh, the BJP’s prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date launched into the Congress yet again. “The UPA says tea-sell­ers can’t be PM. Are those who sell our na­tion fit to be­come the PM then?” Modi said, get­ting back at the jibe taken on his hum­ble ori­gin. “Maine chai bechi hai, Imaan nahi becha (I have sold tea but not my in­tegrity)” he said at Raigarh.

Ch­hat­tis­garh will hold the se­cond and fi­nal phase of polling on Novem­ber 19. The BJP is eye­ing a third suc­ces­sive term in both the states. The BJP, Gandhi said, had not un­der­stood what In­dia stood for — brother­hood, com­pas­sion and sac­ri­fice.

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