Modi attacks Vadra over land deals, targets Congress on poll promises (Roundup)

Jhajjar (Haryana)/Jayal/Ratkudiya (Rajasthan), April 7: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Monday attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra over his alleged land deals and accused Congress of not fulfilling promises in its manifesto.

Addressing rallies in Haryana and Rajasthan, Modi sought support for Bharatiya Janata Party candidates and those of its allies to provide a strong government at the centre.

Speaking at Ratkudiya in Pali district of Rajasthan, Modi hit out at Vadra over his alleged land deals in the state during the chief ministership of Ashok Gehlot.

“Gujarat and Rajasthan are very similar and in Gujarat, we have set up solar power plants. In Rajasthan, they (the Congress) put up boards of solar power but it became damaad (son-in-law) power.”

“We heard all types of power but here we hear damaad power,” Modi said,

“In the name of solar power, you took land and gave land to your son-in-law for his benefit,” he alleged.

Amidst chanting of slogans “Modi Lao, Desh Bacho”, Modi termed the Congress manifesto as a “Dhokha Patra” (bundle of lies).

“They in 2009 promised to provide jobs to 10 crore youths but they never gave the jobs and now they are making the same promises,” he said.

He claimed nothing has changed for the people in the last 10 years of rule of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.

“Elect a BJP government and we will give water by inter-linking the rivers. We will give water to the people,” he said.

Earlier speaking at Jayal in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, Modi said Congress will be defeated in the polls.

Referring to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s speech in which he said that his mother Sonia Gandhi considers power as poison, Modi said: “Who has been in power the maximum – the Congresss…so who has tasted poison the most….in whose stomach is maximum poison?”

Modi referred to Rahul Gandhi as “shehzada” (prince) and said that he speaks like he has come from Mars.

“The Congress has nothing to do with this country. Are those who are running the government at the centre telling you what they did for you. You should ask the Congress leaders when they come to you what have they have done in the last 10 years.”

“They promised to create employment and curb inflation… but have they have fulfilled any promise and again they have come out with a manifesto to lure people,” he said.

In his rally at Jhajjar in Haryana, Modi attacked Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Rahul Gandhi over alleged land deals concerning Vadra.

“In Haryana, father-son are active. In Delhi mother-son are active. Whatever was lacking, then son-in-law also came,” he said.

“Can shehzada tell us who is the magician who gained from policies of Haryana government,” Modi said.

Polling to Rajasthan’s 25 Lok Sabha constituencies will be held in two phases – April 17 (20 constituencies) and April 24 (5). Haryana’s 10 constituencies will see voting April 10 in the third phase.

IANS