Bilaspur: In a no-holds-barred attack on the Congress, its president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the party's "politics begins and ends with one family".
Addressing a poll rally here ahead of the second phase polling in the state on November 20, Modi also made a strong pitch for development, saying its pace under the Congress' watch was "far slow" than that during the BJP's rule.
Singling out the Gandhis, Modi said the "mother-son duo were out on bail" and hit out at them for questioning the government's demonetisation move. Without naming the Gandhis, he said "they should not forget" that it was due to the note ban move that they "had to seek bail".
Attacking the Congress on the issue of corruption, Modi also referred to then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's remark in 1985 that only 15 paise of every rupee meant for the welfare of the downtrodden reached them.
Which "hand" (election symbol of the Congress) had siphoned off the remaining 85 paise, Modi asked.
Congress never got a leadership which worked with a resolution of "living or dying for the welfare of the nation", Modi said.
Chhattisgarh may have taken 50 years to attain the present level of development had it still been ruled by the Rahul Gandhi-led party, he said.
"And there is a reason for it. Their politics begins and ends with one family, while our politics begins from the huts of the poor," he told the gathering.
Attacking the Gandhis for "seeking account of demonetisation", Modi said the "whether the mother-son duo who were out on bail for financial irregularities would give him certificate of honesty".
"They want an account of demonetisation. It was due to the demonetisation that fake companies were identified. And because of that you had to seek bail. Why do you forget that it was due to the note ban that you had to seek bail," he said.
Alluding to Rajiv Gandhi's remark, Modi said demonetisation "brought back the 85 paise which were disappearing" due to corruption.
Modi said people ask him from where was he getting the money for developmental works. "It (money) is very much available," he added.
"The money is yours. Earlier it was hidden under someone's bed, in cupboards. It all came out after demonetisation was announced," he said.
Without naming the Congress, Modi said its leaders were "disconnected" from the aspirations of people.
"Hence, they (Congress leaders) would give slogans, but they did not have policies and intentions to realise.
Neither did the Congress get a leadership which worked with the resolution of living or dying for welfare of the nation," he said.
He also targeted the Congress president, saying when Congress released its 36-point manifesto for Chhattisgarh polls, 'Naamdaar' (Rahul Gandhi) was referred to as 'Sir' 150 times which shows he is more important for them (Congress) than Chhattisgarh.
The BJP is for development and it was due to this commitment that the opposition is unable to understand how to compete with ruling party in elections, Modi said. PTI