Launching an attack on the BJP, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of illegally monitoring the movements of a young woman and mocked at the party for not releasing its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls. He also attacked the AAP for running away from the responsibility of running the government.
“The BJP in its poster claims that women will not face any trouble. How can they feel safe when in Gujarat, a woman is being spied on and her mobile phone tapped by the head of the state government himself,” the Gandhi scion said amid thousands in New Delhi’s jam-packed Ambedkar Nagar ground during a Lok Sabha rally.
He said that his party always wanted to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament and each time the matter came for discussion, the Opposition would stall it. “Once we form the government after the elections, we will pass the Women’s Reservation Bill,” he said.
Attacking the BJP for not releasing its manifesto, he said his party members consulted and conducted several meetings during the last six months so that the people’s voice could be heard. “We have spoken to about five lakh people to find out what the country wants and then drafted the manifesto, the BJP while indulging in big talk has failed to come out with its manifesto, even when the polling of the first phase is only a day away. The BJP feels that whatever one man (Modi) says is enough and a manifesto is not necessary,” he mocked.
Calling Modi a ‘security guard’, Rahul attacked the saffron party and said that they were under the impression that the one security guard would solve the problems of the country. “It is not possible. I want the country to be run by the crores of security guard (people),” he said.
Rahul said his party accepted the people’s mandate during the Assembly polls when the Congress was thrown from power in the state. Later on, he added that his party gave full support to debutant AAP when the people chose them, but they ran away with their false promises of free power and water.
Meanwhile, in Chandigarh, Rahul took a dig at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for raking up the issue of corruption in election speeches despite sharing the stage with tainted former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa. Addressing a rally in support of Sirsa candidate and Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, Rahul said, “They talk about corruption and yet Yeddyurappa, who went to jail on charges of corruption, is called upon the stage by BJP leaders and is greeted warmly by them.”
“The BJP does not go to the people, they never interact. All they do is deliver lengthy speeches. They have not even released their manifesto,” he said.