Rahul Gandhi
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After Congress chief Sonia Gandhi addressed a rally at Chhattisgarh, Rahul Gandhi tried to gain an upper hand for the state assembly elections which is scheduled on 9 and 11 November.

Speaking at Chief Minister Raman Singh's constituency Rajnandgaon, the Congress vice president criticised the BJP governance for failing to curb poverty and Maoist terror in the region.

"The BJP says that we will fight Naxalism, but when our leaders get killed, then they say it's not a political issue," said Rahul.

In May, Congress leaders were killed in a mine attack by Naxals in the state. On Thursday, NDA prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had praised Raman Singh for being an "empathetic" CM for his response to the killing of Congress leaders during a rally in Chhattisgarh.

Modi had contrasted it with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's reaction to the serial bomb blasts in Patna which was said to be targeted at Modi during his Hunkar rally on 27 October.

Calling Gandhi a 'Delhi Shehzada', Modi had slammed the Congress leader for avowedly taking credit for the Food Security Bill, even as the scheme was first initiated by the Chhattigarh government.

Rahul on Friday reacted saying the BJP top brass is nothing but a group of 'world champions of corruption'.

"The state is rich, the people are poor and the BJP claims it is doing well. Power should be in the hands of people is what the Congress says. The BJP wants power only with the CM," said the 43-year-old Congress leader.