Congress leaders are bereft of issues and confused, attacking my mother: Modi (Lead)
Chhatarpur (Madhya Prades : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hit back at the Congress saying that since it was bereft of issues and confused in its political discourse, it was dragging his mother into the poll debate and "abusing" her.
"My mother who does not even know the 'R' of Rajniti is being dragged into the political arena and is being abused," he said at a public rally here while campaigning for the BJP candidates from the Bundelkhand region.
He was responding to Congress MP Raj Babbar's attack on him when he said the value of the Rupee had fallen and touched his mother's age in a riposte to Modi's attack before the 2014 elections when he had compared the value of the Rupee with Manmohan Singh's age.
Modi urged the "mothers" and "sisters" of Bundelkhand region to give a "befitting" reply to the Congress at the polling booth for dragging his mother into the election campaign. He said that he has been "challenging and defeating them for the last 17 years and now when they don't have the courage of confronting me they are dragging in my mother."
Claiming that the 15 year rule of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has dwarfed the 55-year rule of four generations of the Congress party in the state, Modi said that at the national level a tea seller has taken the country to greater heights.
"Four generations of the Congress, and four years of a tea-seller. They are not ready to talk about the new heights we have taken our country to. Whenever there is a fight in a colony, you must have seen how the person who doesn't have truth on their side, starts abusing your mother," Modi said taunting the Congress.
Making a distinction between the government headed by a commoner and those born with a golden spoon, Modi said, "People who are born with golden spoon are confused and their party is confused."
Telling the gathering that "the people of India were their high command. he said "We are committed to serving them and fulfilling all their aspirations",
The Prime Minister accused the Congress of dividing the people into different lines and asserted that the days of the Congress' ‘divide and rule' were over.
Addressing people of the age of 40 years and above who had experienced life under the Congress rule, Modi asked them if they would like their children to face the same problems and live like that.
"f tell them that if they don't want their children to live the life they had lived under the Congress rule, then they have to make up their mind and decide and remember the conditions that prevailed 15 years back when you had voted the Congress out of power.
On the Congress attacking Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is popularly known as 'mama', Modi said "before abusing Chouhan, think about your own Mama, Ottavio Quattrocchi, and Warren Anderson, the UCC Chief, who was sent to America by a special plane."