PM Modi leads BJP charge, Rahul holds first rally as Delhi battle heats up | India News



NEW DELHI: With the poll battle for Delhi intensifying, the national capital on Tuesday witnessed a high-profile campaign blitzkrieg by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Both the leaders were addressing separate election rallies ahead of the February 8 polls.
PM Modi, who was leading the BJP’s charge at a rally in Dwarka, targeted the ruling Aam Aadmi Party over its “politics of hate” and said that the national capital needs a government that will give direction and not one which resorts to “blame games”.
Attacking AAP for not fulfilling the promises it made, PM Modi sought to know if ‘mohalla clinics’ set up by the state government will work if Delhiites fall sick outside city.
He also accused the AAP dispensation of not implementing the flagship Ayushman Bharat scheme in the national capital.
He said the people of Delhi have seen how the AAP government practises the politics of hate.
“The people of Delhi say the country has changed, and now is the time for Delhi’s transformation,” the Prime Minister told the gathering.
“Delhi does not need a government which gives opportunity to enemies to attack us,” he said.
Modi said opposition parties are spreading lies and rumours about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act but people of Delhi understand this.
Slamming the AAP and Congress, he said both parties cry for Batla House terrorists, put security forces in dock and instigate people but can’t develop the national capital.
Meanwhile, Rahul, who was addressing his first rally in the run-up to the Delhi polls, hit out at both the Modi government at the Centre and AAP government in Delhi over the issue of jobs.
“Those graduating from universities and colleges are scared whether they will get jobs or not. It is the fault of your PM and CM,” Rahul told supporters at Jangpura.
Rahul said that Kejriwal and Modi are not interested in jobs for youngsters, but were keen on making one Indian fight another for staying in power.
Referring to a recent interview of finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Rahul said that she is not ready to reveal how many youngsters got employment in the country.
“In an interview, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman was asked how many jobs were created? She said, ‘If I give you any number, Rahul Gandhi would go after me and say that I am lying’. FM is not ready to speak about job creation,” Gandhi said.
He accused the central government of selling state enterprises, adding that PM Modi can even sell Taj Mahal if he wanted to.
Training his guns at the BJP and AAP, he said both had an aim to spread hatred in the society, something the Congress could never do.
Election to the 70-member Delhi assembly is slated to be held on February 8. The counting of votes will take place on February 11.
(With inputs from PTI)


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