NDA prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi slammed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for saying that the BJP is a party of 'poisonous people'.
"Sonia ji said BJP is poison. Why does Madam remember poison when she is in Rajasthan? Who has been in power longest? Who has tasted this 'poison' most? So who can spread most poison?" Modi said while addressing a public gathering in Banswara, Rajasthan.
The Congress chief had attacked the main Opposition party in Rajasthan, which is scheduled to vote for state assembly seats on 1 December, saying, "BJP is spreading rumours that the drugs of Rajasthan flagship 'Free Medicine Scheme' are poison, but the fact is that the party that is spreading such rumours is the party of poisonous people."
To which even Vasundhara Raje, BJP's chief ministerial candidate, reacted on Twitter, "They believe in using profane language & disrespecting women. We believe in standing tall & letting our work speak through voice of people."
Committed to his ritual, Modi also criticised Sonia's son and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi on Sunday. "Shehzada (Rahul Gandhi) talks about poor, goes to their homes with media, takes photos. But near Shehzada's home, there is a jhuggi with poor sanitation facilities!" Modi said. Rahul Gandhi had expressed his party's ideology being that of 'pro-poor' during his recent rally in Rajasthan.
"They see poor only where there are cameramen not the poor in their vicinity," the Gujarat CM - Modi - added.
Interestingly, both BJP and Congress have positioned candidates belonging to famous royal families in the poll-bound state. According to a report by CNN-IBN, at least seven candidates of the BJP who have filed their nominations, belong to a royal family, including former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.
"Answer what you (Congress) did for the people of Rajasthan. They do not want to answer that, only put allegation on others," Modi said during the Banswara rally.
Since the announcement of the polls, Congress rolled a number of development projects in the west-Indian state, including the world's lagest solar power plant.