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Tug of war after Modi rally

Ranchi, Dec. 30: The state BJP today assessed the impact of their most potent salvo launched yesterday in Jharkhand’s political firmament, even as the Congress dismissed the Vijay Sankalp Rally as mere “display of money power”.

A day after the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s public rally in Dhurwa grounds, Ranchi, state BJP leaders said the success of NaMo show was an indication that the wind was blowing in their favour.

Terming the yesterday’s rally as abhutpurva (unprecedented), state BJP chief Ravindra Rai said the party, riding the Modi wave, would win all the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the coming elections.

“His (Modi’s) visit has mobilised the people, by setting development as the main agenda before the coming elections. We will win all the seats,” Rai told mediapersons today.

The party is now planning another people-to-people contact to keep the momentum going for the general elections.

Rai said the party would hold a three-day padyatra across the state to thank people for attending the rally.

The Congress, which bore the brunt of NaMo’s caustic offensive yesterday, launched a counterattack today, terming the Gujarat chief minister a “bundle of lies”.

While the BJP presented an inflated report, claiming that “five lakh” people had attended the rally, the Congress quoted the figure as 50,000 only.

“They (BJP) spent Rs 15 crore for this rally and could manage only 50,000 people and they call it a success,” state Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat said at a news conference.

Poking fun at Modi talking on communalism, Bhagat said he should seek apology for the Gujarat riots, which even Atal Bihari Bajpayee had termed as national shame.

Sau chuhe kha kar billi chali Haj ko. Unhen lajja aani chahiye, (After keeping silent on the issue for so long, now he is seeking solace. He should be ashamed),” Bhagat said.

Riposte flung from the BJP camp soon. “The party (Congress) that could not manage even 2,000 people in any of its rallies is teaching us mathematics. Congress leaders have got eye problems as well,” state BJP vice president Rakesh Prasad said.

“I challenge them to hold a rally of their Yuvraj (read Rahul Gandhi) in Ranchi as big as this one,” he thundered.