Ranchi: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday retaliated to the toffee remark passed against him by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi while calling the latter “childish”.
Addressing a rally organized in Hazaribagh, Modi said, “In the BJP, we have a galaxy of senior and able leaders, while on the other side there is a childish leader who talks of balloons and toffees.”
Rahul had yesterday called the Gujarat model of development propagated by Modi as a “toffee model”, saying it had benefited only one industrialist in the state.
“Land of Aurangabad’s size…45,000 acres…has been given for a mere Rs 300 crore. This is toffee model not Gujarat model. For Re 1, you get a toffee here. There land was sold at Re 1 per metre…it was the land of the poor and the farmers,” Gandhi had said.
Requesting for votes in favour of party’s Hazaribagh candidate Jayant Sinha, son of sitting BJP MP Yashwant Sinha, Modi said only a strong government led by BJP could solve the problems of the people, especially the farmers and poor people of the country.
Modi in an ironic comment said that he had used harsh words against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Two recent books have claimed that the PM had little authority over his government and that he had surrendered decision-making to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
“Sometimes I think I should not have used harsh words for our PM. After all, the main fault lies with the family of Congress,” Modi said.
“The PM’s daughter said that Sanjay Baru turned out to be a traitor… this means that what he said was true,” he added.
Mocking the Congress party, the Gujarat Chief Minister said, “After elections, you would need a high resolution camera to see Congress representatives in Parliament.”
He also hit out at the Central government, reminding the supporters that, “Dilli mein hospital mein padi sarkaar nahi chahiye, ek mazboot sarkaar chahiye.”
Promising welfare of farmers, Modi promised to revive programmes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and revise the minimum support price (MSP) given to farmers, if voted to power.
“On the model of Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (launched during the Vajpayee regime), we will introduce Prime Minister Gram Sichai (irrigation) yojana for our farmers,” Modi said in his poll meeting here.
Stating that the current MSP on foodgrains produce was not uniform across the country, he promised guidelines that would help the farmers in the country uniformly.
Apparently responding to Union Minister Jairam Ramesh’s recent allegation that BJP had now become Modi-centric, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate mentioned senior party leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley and Murali Manohar Joshi and said all of them were working for the party.
Modi said if voted to power he would ensure completion of NTPC power project which was initiated during the Vajpayee government.