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