Modi, Rahul and Gehlot indulge in war of words as crucial Rajasthan elections nears


Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interact with each other during a public meeting for the Rajasthan Assembly elections, at Sadulshahar, in Sri Ganganagar on Thursday (ANI)

Modi at a Rajasthan rally used cricket terminology to attack the Congress party, as the entire nation was witnessing a high-voltage cricket World Cup final

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Rajasthan will go to polls on November 25, and the counting of votes will be held on December 3, 2023, along with other four states – Mizoram, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. In the 2018 assembly elections, the Congress won 99 seats, while the BJP finished at 73 seats in the 200-member House. Gehlot took the oath as CM with the support of BSP MLAs and independent legislators.

The campaign is now reaching fever pitch.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked BJP’s sole competitor Congress in poll-bound Rajasthan, alleging that the fuel prices under the Ashok Gehlot government in the state are above par in comparison to other BJP-run states.

“The Congress government is not leaving any opportunity to loot you. Petrol is cheaper by Rs 12-13 in Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh,” PM Modi said addressing a rally in Jhunjhunu.

Modi said as soon as the BJP government comes back to power in Rajasthan, there will be a review of petrol prices and any possible corruption on fuel prices will also be investigated.

“After review, new decisions will be taken in the public interest,” PM Modi said.

Further, targeting the Congress, PM Modi dubbed the party for having developed only one “tradition” – corruption, nepotism and appeasement.

“By following this policy, Congress has caused a huge loss to the country,” PM Modi said

Later, counting on his central government welfare initiatives, PM Modi said that the central government is providing as high as 80 per cent discount on some medicines through Jan Aushadhi Kendras. He cited that a medicine that costs Rs 100 is available for only Rs 20.

“Due to this, middle-class and poor families who have to spend more on medicines are now paying less. Nearly 1.25 lakh crore rupees have been saved,” PM Modi said.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi at another Rajasthan rally used cricket terminology to attack the Congress party, as the entire nation was witnessing a high-voltage cricket World Cup final between India and Australia.

As the Rajasthan assembly poll date nears, Congress’ Rahul Gandhi joined the campaign trail along with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and party leader Sachin Pilot. Speaking at a rally in Churu, Rahul accused the BJP-led Modi government of promoting Adani and big businessmen and alleged that demonetization had finished all small businessmen.

“(PM) Narendra Modi travels in an aeroplane worth Rs 12,000 crore and a car worth Rs 12 crore. In the last 10 years, have you seen PM Modi with any farmer or labourer or small shopkeeper? You won’t see him. You will see him travelling to the USA in an aeroplane and meeting the US President. You will see his picture with Adani, but not with poor farmers, unemployed youth” the former Congress president further said.

The Congress leader claimed that unlike the BJP he and his party always fulfilled their commitments to the people

” Whatever money there is the BJP has given to the likes of Adani. That money is what I want to give to the people of India, into the pockets of the poor. I am not Narendra Modi, I do not lie or make false promises. What I promise I make sure that is done” Rahul Gandhi said.

Meanwhile, as the India versus Australia World Cup Final Match was being played on Friday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot extended his best wishes to “Team India,” saying that the “people of Rajasthan” are supporting them. “I extend my best wishes to the team and also my advanced greeting that we win this match. The blessings of the people of Rajasthan are with Team India. It is very important for us to win this match,” Gehlot said while speaking to reporters on Sunday.

Congress leaders, including party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, were seen watching the World Cup Final match at the party headquarters on Sunday.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also extended her best wishes to Team India while addressing a poll rally at Asifabad in the poll-bound state of Telangana.

“Today is the final of the Cricket World Cup. Our team is creating records in bowling and batting. It is a symbol of our unity…Best wishes to Team India…,” Priyanka said.

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