Rahul Gandhi on Thursday joined his sister Priyanka Gandhi in attacking Narendra Modi over the “snoopgate” controversy, saying the Gujarat government has no regard for women as it gets their phones tapped.

Addressing an election rally at Hargaon, he alleged that Mr. Modi gave 45,000 acres of agricultural land to an industrialist though no industry has been set up there till date, and claimed farmers in Gujarat would have starved to death had the Centre not implemented MNREGA.

Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday took on Modi by raking up the “snoopgate” controversy surrounding him and said leaders who indulge in wrong acts against women should be “thrown out”.

The BJP reacted by accusing Congress of being confused about its poll campaign and strategy, and said its top leadership continued to launch personal attacks on BJP leaders while resenting such attacks on their own leaders.

“Modi who wants to guard the country sidelined senior BJP leaders like Jaswant Singh and L.K. Advani,” Mr. Gandhi said at the rally.

Criticising the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Gandhi said youth from the State go out in search of employment and when they go to Maharashtra they are beaten and forced to go back home by Shiv Sena and BJP.

Also targeting BSP supremo Mayawati, Mr. Gandhi accused her of grabbing land owned by poor farmers and amassing wealth during her regime.

Mr. Gandhi, who was campaigning in support of party candidate Jitin Prasad from Dhaurara and Vaishali Ali from Sitapur, promised to stop “money drain to China”, and assured the people that goods made in Dhaurara and Sitapur will be exported if Congress returns to power.