New Delhi, April 28: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been campaigning for a long time in all the states of India.
Off late, a "ladies club" has been haunting Modi with bitter barbs on various issues. These five women who leave no stone unturned in targeting Modi are BSP supremo Mayawati, TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee, AIADMK Chief and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi.
Let's have a gander at what the powerful "regional satraps" women politicians have been saying in "Anti-Modi club", in an attempt to block Modi from becoming country's next prime minister:
“Don't need 56-inch chest to run the country”
In a jibe at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday said a "56-inch chest" was not needed to govern India.
"We do not need a 56-inch chest to run this country. We need a heart full of kindness. India does not need a show of one's achievements. It needs strength and determination of the mind," she had said.
“God save India from Gujarat model ”
Taking on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his Gujarat development model, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said it has brought misery to various sections.
"Oh God, save the country from such a model. This is the only thing I can say," Sonia Gandhi said while addressing an election rally in Punjab's Barnala town.
"Modi is talking a lot about the Gujarat model these days. Do you know what is happening in Gujarat?", she further said.
“Modi becoming a Prime Minister is a fantasy”
"Contrary to the tall claims of development in Gujarat during his period being made by Narendra Modi, the truth is that the growth rate of Gujarat actually declined during his period", Mamata Banerjee had claimed in her Facebook post, earlier this month.
"Comparing Gujarat with Bengal is like is like comparing a rich, privileged child and an undernourished, neglected one. Some people are talking about the Gujarat model. I must tell you there cannot be any comparison. Gujarat has been developing even before the current Chief Minister. In fact, the growth rate of Gujarat declined during his tenure", Banerjee had said.
On Sunday, TMC spokesperson Derek O'Brien said, "Butcher of Gujarat air-dropped into Bengal. He has no answers to Bengal's development model."
"The Butcher of Gujarat could not take care of his own wife. How will he take care of this great nation?," he tweeted.
"Dreaming of PM's chair with the backing of Third Front"
Despite sharing a 'cordial relationship' with Modi, the over- ambitious J Jayalalithaa made her intentions clear in February itself when she expressed interest in moving to the national capital.
Over the last two weeks, Jayalalithaa has sharpened her attack against Modi, emphasising that the development parameters of Tamil Nadu are far better than those of Gujarat.
Jayalalithaa has taken strong exception to the promise in the BJP's election manifesto to provide refuge to persecuted Hindus from other countries as being "anti secular."
On Cauvery water-sharing issue, she said, "With an eye on Lok Sabha seats in the elections, BJP has not even mentioned the issue in its 2014 poll manifesto,"
Jayalalithaa is straining every nerve to win all 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu to realise her ambition of playing a pivotal role in the next government.
Modi's recent meeting with superstar Rajinikanth was also not liked by Jayalalithaa.
During a rally in TN, Modi said the AIADMK government has failed to protect the interests of fishermen. "Madam blames Amma, Amma blames Madam," he said in a reference to Sonia Gandhi and Jayalalithaa.
One should not forget that Jayalalithaa made Atal Bihari Vajpayee sweat out by not writing the letter of support to the President of India in 1998. Will a similar situation emerge post May 16 if Modi does not make up with Jayalalithaa by then?
“Modi has never told which backward caste he belongs too”
Cautioning Dalit voters against getting carried away by "hype" created by BJP around Narendra Modi, BSP chief Mayawati has asked them to vote for her party unitedly and make her the prime minister.
Attacking Modi, Mayawati held him responsible for the Gujarat riots. She said if he became the prime minister, the country would face the "threat of communal riots".
"If you all want to see 'Dalit ki beti' as the prime minister you all should vote for BSP so that it could emerge as 'balance of power' at the Centre after polls," she had said during a rally.
"Modi is a strange man. He says something and does something else. He does not have the knowledge of history and gives wrong statistics," she had alleged.