NEW DELHI: In his first rally here after being declared BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on Congress for undermining Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s authority.

Addressing the big rally Modi called Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi “shahzada” (prince). Modi said Rahul committed the sin of insulting the Prime Minister by calling the ordinance (protecting convicted lawmakers), passed by the Cabinet, “nonsense”. Modi said there is a fight between democracy and dynasty in the country.

He asked the crowd if they would like to see the country being run by the whims of a “shahzada”.

“When you are treated like this at home, how will other countries respect you?” Modi said referring the reported “dehati aurat” (village woman) barb at Prime Minister by Nawaz Sharif before journalists in New York.

Assailing Sharif, Modi said that the Pakistani prime minister has no right to insult the Prime Minister of India. Pakistani PM had “no stature” before the PM of a nation of 1.25 billion (people), he added.

Refering to the UPA government, Modi said, “We may have political differences, we may fight over policies, but that does not mean we will allow any other country to insult our Prime Minister.”

Modi then went on to take a dig at Manmohan Singh and wondered if he would be able to take a tough position when he meets Pakistani prime minister later in the day.

“Please don’t let down the kin of soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country,” Modi said. Exhorting people to vote for the BJP, Modi said, “In 2014, India needs a dream team and not a dirty team.”

Woos UPA allies

Poking the UPA allies, Modi questioned, “Are you ready to work under the “shahzada”, like the PM who has already made an announcement to this effect.”

Earlier, Modi started his speech taking a dig at the Congress for running governments within governments, both at Delhi and at the Centre. In Delhi, there is a government of the mother and the government of the son, Modi said to cheers from the crowd.

“At the national level there are even more governments within the government,” he said, adding, each department had become a government in itself.

“The UPA government is an alliance, but the allies are not together,” Modi said and claimed that the coalition under Atal Bihari Vajpaee and LK Advani functioned smoothly.

Targeting Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Narendra Modi said she is the “most comfortably placed” chief minister in the country.

For every failure Delhi CM blames some one else, Narendra Modi said. He spoke of the CWG corruption scam and attacked the Delhi government.

Modi claimed that the gathering for party’s Delhi rally was unprecedented and thanked the party workers for the show of strength.

He thanked the rain God for respite from the heat that people normally face during this time of the year.

Earlier Modi arrived at the venue in a helicopter, according to TV reports.

There was a good turnout for Narendra Modi’s rally in Delhi despite heavy showers in the city.

source: times of india