| Sonia Gandhi at the Muzaffarpur rally on Monday. Picture by Lokesh Bihari
Muzaffarpur, May 5: The Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, today described Narendra Modi as an arrogant person, impatient to grab the post of the Prime Minister.
Addressing an impressive election meeting here, Sonia said: “Modi ghamand ke pattal me ur raha hai (Modi is flying in the firmament of arrogance). He wants to become the Prime Minister by any means.”
Sonia lambasted the BJP and Modi for polluting the minds of people with divisive talks and communal plans in her 25-minute speech. Accusing Modi of “lecturing” as if he was the “cleanest of them all”, Sonia advised him to read history again to know about the party’s (Congress’s) contribution in transforming the country since Independence from a poor state to a progressive nation.
“Narendra Modi aaj kal lecture dete phir rahe hain ki ek wo hi dudh ke dhule hai (Narendra Modi is lecturing nowadays as if he is the cleanest them all),” Sonia said, addressing the meeting here, about 70km from Patna.
Sharing the stage with senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, she also rebutted oft-repeated charge of the BJP that the top leaders of the Congress never shared dais with the RJD leaders despite being allies. The event was significant because nowhere else RJD president Lalu Prasad or other senior party leaders were found on the dais alongside Sonia or Rahul Gandhi in their rallies in the state be it at Aurangabad, Sasaram or Kishanganj.
In a scathing attack on Modi for his allegations that the Congress did nothing for the country, she advised him to read history again to know the “truth.” “In its 67 years of rule since Independence, the Congress made many sacrifices to uphold the unity and the integrity of the country and initiated many pioneering steps to take it on path of progress,” she said.
Attacking Modi for blaming the Congress for not checking corruption in the country, she posed the question to the BJP leader, “If this was so, why did Congress bring RTI which has highlighted many a corruption case?”
Seeking to turn the tables on him, Gandhi asked for Modi's track record in fighting corruption in Gujarat.
“People found involved in corruption cases are in his cabinet. For the past 10 years, the post of Lokayukta is lying vacant,” she said and attributed it to efforts to “hide corruption under his government in the state”.
The Congress president alleged that the BJP’s poll agenda was not for the country but for votes.
“Similar is the case of LJP, the new friend of BJP and those who were with them for 17 years, who change faces frequently,” she said in a veiled reference to the JD(U) of Nitish Kumar.
Saluting the place of freedom fighters and bigwigs of freedom struggle who toiled for maintaining social fabric and amity, Sonia claimed that India had attained frontal position in the catalogue of progressive nations under competent leadership of the Congress government at the Centre.
Claiming that India was safe and secures at the hands of the Congress, she appealed to the people to vote for the Congress’s candidate from Muzaffarpur, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, and also for the RJD’s Raghuvansh Prasad, who is fighting the polls from the neighbouring Vaishali.