Modi questions Rahul's LS attendance

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 18:47 hrs

On a day Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi attacked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in an election rally over the undermining of the assembly's role in decision making in the western state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongman hit back questioning the track record of Gandhi himself in Parliament.

"Mr. Rahul Gandhi talks of respect for Vidhan Sabha but his own attendance in Lok Sabha between May 2011-May 2012 was 24 out of 85 sittings!" tweeted Modi Tuesday after the Gandhi scion at a rally said the state legislative assembly did business only for 25 days in a year.

"Bills passed by the Gujarat Government are not being signed by your Governor [Modi is at loggerheads with the governor]. And you talk of Gujarat Vidhan Sabha?" posted Modi.

Modi in poll rallies during the last day of campaigning for the Dec 13 first phase said: "Instead of talking development, Mr. Rahul Gandhi who does not even know the names of Gujarat's districts was teaching us history."

"Your party has made Raj Bhavan into a Congress Bhavan. Bills passed by the democratically elected Assembly where we have been elected with 2/3rd majority twice are not being signed by your Governor. And you talk of Gujarat Vidhan Sabha? " questioned Modi.

Rahul Gandhi earlier said "there is a strong marketing going on to say that Gujarat is shining."

"But tell me if you get water all the time. Behind the marketing for a person [read Narendra Modi]´s own ambition everything else is hidden," said Rahul Gandhi.

"This is the land of Gandhiji and Gujarat gave us democracy because Gandhiji hailed from here. But while Gandhiji had said that a leader must give voice to the aam aadmi [common people] here one person [read Narendra Modi] is engrossed in his own ambition and dream only," said the Congress leader.

"A government cannot be run by one person. It is run by the common people," he said, reminding people that Congress gave people everything that India is proud of.

"Earlier scams were not know. But we enacted RTI [Right to Information] law and brought out everything. Unfortunately in Gujarat 14000 RTI petitions are lying unattended and so scams are buried," said Rahul Gandhi.

The Gandhi scion is attending rallies at Sanand in Ahmedabad in central Gujarat and at Jamnagar and Amreli in Saurashtra.

The visit of Rahul Gandhi on the last day of canvassing for the first phase of polls comes in the wake of Sonia Gandhi hitting the campaign trail and the latter´s bitter criticism by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)´s chief minister Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi on Monday took on Sonia Gandhi calling the Congress President a stranger to the state.

Likening the Congress to a "stranger" in the state, the BJP stalwart said, "If you are going on holiday for 15 days, do you give your keys to a stranger? No. Then, how can you give Gujarat to a stranger?"

Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi on Monday slammed the Gujarat government and said its policies were "anti-people" and "anti-farmer".

Gujarat will vote in two phases on Dec 13 and 17.

The results will be declared on Dec 20.

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