Addressing a public meeting here ahead of second phase of Assembly election on November 19, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate launched a shrill attack against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on their claim that the Centre was giving funds to the state, but it was not able to use them properly.
He asked if these funds to Chhattisgarh are coming from Rahul's "maternal uncle"- a dig at Sonia's Italian origin. "They are going to lose power in 2014.... BJP and NDA are going to form the government in Delhi. Hence they are trying to ban all opinion polls.... These scared, frightened people are in fear of losing power. They are talking nonsense and resorting to desperate tactics," Modi said.
Targeting Sonia Gandhi, Modi said before levelling charges that the state is still poor and suffering from mal-governance under BJP rule. "She should do some homework and then come here", he further added.
"All Congress leaders- Prime Minister, Finance Minister have praised the Chhattisgarh government. Your government has given several awards and felicitated Chhattisgarh so many times. The state has progressed under Raman Singh," Modi said in first of his five rallies.
The BJP leader said Congress should first implement the election promises it is making here like free rice and 24-hour electricity in states where it is in power. He also sought to know why Congress is scared of disclosing the name of its Chief Ministerial candidate.
"If a sting is conducted of Congress leaders, they take the name of Ajit Jogi as their CM candidate. Why is it that you fear losing polls if his name is declared. What are the sins that are preventing you from declaring his name?" he said.