Modi at the rally in Supaul. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey
Katihar, April 19: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today made a frontal attack on Sonia Gandhi’s family asking it to explain the RSVP model.
Addressing a rally at the DS College ground here, Modi described UPA’s governance as the “RSVP (Rahul, Sonia, Vadra and Priyanka) model” and sought an explanation how one person was able to multiply his earnings in such a short span of time.
Terming the Congress government a “mother-son” government, Modi said: “Instead of wasting one’s time in criticising the Gujarat model, one should explain the model under which Rs 1 lakh could become Rs 300 crore (possibly hinting at Vadra) in just three years. Those laughing at the Gujarat model, please tell us about the RSVP model.”
“Rahul has born with a silver spoon while I was born in a poor family. I have tasted poverty, something Rahul has never known. If I lead my life for the poor, I would not have any repentance. People of Bihar have given me love and affection and they would continue to do so,” he said.
Modi was addressing his second rally in the Seemanchal region — which has a sizeable Muslim population and comprises Araria, Kishanganj, Purnea and Katihar constituencies. He addressed a rally in Purnea on March 10.
Modi said: “The government of mother-son (Sonia and Rahul Gandhi) is certain to fall as the people of the country have outrightly rejected it in the 232 constituencies, where votes have been cast.”
The turnout at the Katihar rally, about 255km northeast of Patna, was impressive at about 1.25 lakh people. Modi said: “If you people want to change the face of the country, support me for a stable government in Delhi. The country’s development face would change only after Bihar develops.”
Katihar seat is seeing a triangular fight among BJP candidate Nikhil Kumar Chaudhary, the NCP’s Tariq Anwar and JD(U)’s Ram Prakash Mahato. Sitting BJP MP Chaudhary has served the seat for three terms.
Modi had come to campaign for Chaudhary but did not mention his name even once in his speech. He kept emphasising on a stable government at the Centre, saying Bihar’s contribution to the country’s politics would be significant.
The crowd was dissatisfied as it had waited for long in the hot weather. Kodha resident Sagar Mahato said: “I am proud to have heard Modi speak but he spared very little time for the public. Even though the temperature was around 35 degrees Celsius, a huge crowd waited for him as we see him as capable of forming a stable government at the Centre.