Jhansi: Narendra Modi today attacked Rahul Gandhi for saying that ISI was in touch with Muslim youth of Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar and asked him to reveal the identity of such persons or apologise publicly for levelling “serious allegations” and “defaming” the entire community.
Citing Gandhi’s remarks that he had been told about it by intelligence personnel, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate questioned why intelligence agencies “report” to Gandhi, “who has never taken oath of secrecy”, and brief him on such sensitive matters.
Addressing a rally here, he also said that if the government has information about ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency, being in touch with some youth in Uttar Pradesh, it should act, rather than “just give the news like a news agency”.
Addressing Rahul Gandhi as a ‘shahzada’ (prince), Modi referred to his comments yesterday and said he levelled “serious allegations against the youth in relief camps (of Muzaffarnagar) that they are hobnobbing with ISI. It is your responsibility to make public the names of such youth… If you do not disclose the names, then you should apologise publicly for defaming an entire community.”
The relief camps were set up for the victims of riots in Muzaffarnagar that took place last month.
On Gandhi’s contention about ISI hobnobbing, he said told the Congress Vice President that his party was in power and asked “how is ISI freely spreading its influence in the lanes of UP under your very nose? What are you doing about it?”
Targeting the Congress and its government over it, Modi said, “you are behaving as a news agency, just giving news about what ISI is doing. You have to act against them.”
Modi said UPA government cannot be trusted and appealed to people to give BJP a chance to rule the country for 60 months against the 60 years given to Congress.
“Is your future safe with such a government, are its leaders worth depending upon… Uproot them,” he said.
Modi charged that Congress was anti-poor as it was mocking the underprivileged by claiming that those earning over Rs 26 in villages and Rs 32 in urban areas were not poor.
Taking a dig at Rahul’s slogan, ‘puri roti khayengein… Congress ko layengein’, he said it had taken 60 years for his party to provide people “full bread” after feeding them “half bread” all these years.
“They will take a hundred more years to give you food enough to fill your stomachs,” he said.
Rahul should tell people what UPA government has done in the last 10 years, Modi said.
“What do you have to say on corruption. Answer… They are not answering. What about inflation? Is it a government elected by the people to serve them? He (Rahul) considers himself a prince,” he said.
Aiming further barbs at Rahul, Modi said, “Like progenies of former royalties who are shown the remains of the palaces of their ancestors so that they may feel their past glories, the Congress scion (Rahul) is also going around looking at the great achievement of his father, grandmother and great grandfather.
Modi also hit out at SP and BSP for extending support to Congress at the Centre, saying that while the former stood for family rule, the Mayawati-led party was founded on a personality cult.
“There is a dire need to rid India of Congress, SP and BSP… They are all looters. The development package meant for you (the public) goes into their pockets.
“Time has come to send them packing,” he said, underlining the poverty and lack of development in Bundelkhand region.