New Delhi: ‘Chowkidar ne apne hi guru ka apmaan kiya’ said Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi accusing PM Modi of insulting senior BJP leader LK Advani.
Addressing the first public meeting at Delhi’s Chandni Chowk after the Lok Sabha polls were declared, Rahul said: “I have fought against Advani ji and the party (Congress) defeated him in 2004 and 2009. He follows a different ideology. We fought on the ideology. Hindustan ki janta ko chhodo, kisaano ko chhodo, Chowkidar ne apne guru ka apmaan kiya hai. Chowkidar ne apne guru ko stage se utha kar fek diya neeche. Sharm ki baat hai. Our history teaches us to respect family, teachers and the elderly. But Narendra Modi ji only loves himself.”
Even before Rahul could start his speech his supporters welcomed him by shouting slogans in excitement, with ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ which echoed throughout the region, Indian Express reports.
Sharing the dais with him, were senior leaders P C Chacko, Sheila Dikshit, Haroon Yusuf and J P Agarwal.
Taking a direct hit at Modi for targeting his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul said: “He is our PM and insults a martyr. No matter how much hatred he has for my family, I am a leader of the Congress party and will only have love for him. Humein sikhaya gaya hai, iss desh ke sab dharam kehte hain, nafrat ko nafrat se nahi kaata jaata hai, nafrat ko pyaar se he kaata jaa sakta hai Modi ji. The party will defeat you on May 23 and Modi ji you will have to fight your fear.”
Previously, addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, Modi had targeted former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and said: “Your father was termed Mr Clean by his courtiers, but his life ended as Bhrashtachari Number 1,” he said.
“The Congress president said he will relieve us from GST and a common tax will be introduced. Promises are always fancy but what about implementation?” asks a shop owner Maksood Khan.
Rahul added: “Either our PM did not understand the impact of introducing GST or he had to put your money into chor Ambani’s pocket. Five years ago, slogans such as ‘achhe din aayenge’ and ‘56-inch ki chaati hai’ were heard across the country. But now, Modi ji can’t even stand upright, denoting a lack of confidence in his posture,” he said speaking at the rally.