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Rahul Gandhi`s concern for poor for making headlines: Narendra Modi

PTI | Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 22:02

Madhubani/Darbhanga: Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday claimed that the Congress Vice-President knew "nothing" about poverty and his concern for the poor was only to "make headlines".

"Tourists go to the Taj Mahal and take snaps of their visit for posterity....Rahul Gandhi does exactly the same when he visits the poor, taking photojournalists and cameramen with him so that photographs and footage of his interaction with the poor can make headlines," Modi told election meetings in Bihar.

Claiming that Gandhi "knew nothing" about poverty, he said "I was born in a poor family and suffered due to poverty. I had to sell tea for a livelihood .... I know about poverty and can feel it and feel for such people."

"The Congress Vice-President touches poor people to find out how they look like...Sometimes he eats their food to find out how it tastes," Modi said, taking a dig at the Gandhi scion.

Claiming that the government of `mother and son` (Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) was on its way out, he predicted "doom" for the Congress-led UPA in the hustings, saying that the rival party and its allies would not be able open its account in some states.

He further claimed that the NDA would win at least 300 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, and promised to work for the poor, saying that the NDA would ensure good governance and development.

The Gujarat Chief Minister also slammed the UPA government for "failing" to keep its commitment to generate ten crore jobs for the youth and said, "The UPA government has played with the prime of your life by not generating the promised number of jobs, but we will not not renege on our promises."

He also hit out at the Nitish Kumar government in the state saying its performance in employment generation was no better than the UPA government.

Also promising to stamp out corruption, he said "People of Bihar should give all 40 Lok Sabha seats to the NDA so that it can attain target of winning 300 seats in the general elections."

First Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 22:02
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