Campaign Trails Get Murky as Congress, BJP Kick up Dirt

On the BJP campaign trail in Bihar’s Ballia and Deoria, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi ion Friday lashed out at the Congress and termed it Sonia’s “private limited,” even as the Congress president accused the BJP of pushing forth a communal agenda while campaigning in the Vidarbha region of Maharastra with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Modi alleged that the primary concern of the Congress was focused on winning back its minority Muslim vote banks from regional parties like the BSP and SP.

While accusing the UPA of indulging in appeasement of minority Muslims, Modi said the ruling alliance was headed by the “private limited” party which was bent on sinking its allies.

“UPA led by the private limited party of Sonia Gandhi was sinking with its alliance partners, while Laloo Prasad Yadav, Ram Vilas Paswan and Mulayam Singh Yadav have deserted it,” he was quoted as saying by media agencies.

Waving off the Third Front, Modi said the new alliance was unstable as constituents were continually joining and deserting it.

In Vidarbha, the Congress campaign pitch was equally shrill as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi hit back at the BJP for the recent hate speeches by its leaders, she, however, dod not name Varun Gandhi.

“The country is aware of these forces and leaders who spread venom through their speeches,” she said while addressing a poll rally along with Pawar.

“Country is alert to parties based on communalism, casteism and regionalism. People do not want such parties which create riots, whose leaders make speeches that lead to hatred and which sends terrorists to Afghanistan like guests,” said Gandhi.

She counted the recent farm loan waiver, NREGA, Bharat Nirman, laws for the tribals, weaker sections and schemes for women, educational schemes like loan for backward children and midday meal as the main achievements of the UPA term.

Attempting to strike an emotional chord with her audience, Gandhi said, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had functioned in accordance with Congress traditions set by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

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