Taking a dig at the Congress, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that the ruling party chants the mantra of poverty every time elections approach and treats all 365 days of the year as April Fools' Day.
"Just as a student who is about to face exams begins to pray so that he can pass the test, the Congress begins chanting the mantra - 'poor, poor, poor' - so that the poor can save it. But the poor of the country have now recognised that for Congress, all 365 days of the year are April Fools' Day," Modi said at a rally here.
Targeting Rahul Gandhi over his remark that "poverty is a state of mind", Modi said those who are born with a silver spoon will not understand what being poor means or what the pain of hunger is.
Modi said that for a party that repeatedly claims to champion the cause of poor, the Congress-led government had "allowed" grain to rot in godowns and had not distributed it among the poor even when the Supreme Court asked it to do so.
He alleged that later on that rotten grain was sold to liquor manufacturers at throwaway prices.
Modi further charged that both farmers and soldiers had suffered during UPA's rule and said the apt slogan for the government seemed, "Mar (die) kisan, mar (jawan)"
Referring to the beheading of an Indian solider, Modi said that even those who protect the country are not secure.
Even farmers of the country feel that their future is not secure and have been forced to commit suicides, Modi said.