"Just like the 2G scam there is also a "jija ji scam" during the Congress’ rule"

The BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday attacked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over alleged land deals involving his brother-in law Robert Vadra, saying just like the 2G scam there is also a “jija ji scam” during the Congress’ rule.

Mr. Singh said poor farmers must be given insurance cover for their agricultural land.

“Just like there is insurance cover given to persons, there needs to be insurance of agricultural land as well,” he said at a public meeting in Sidhpura under Etah Lok Sabha constituency.

Mr. Singh said Congress has divided the country and the people must be wary of “shackles of slavery” in the country.

He was campaigning for former Uttar Pradesh chief minsiter Kalyan Singh’s son and BJP candidate from Etah, Rajvir Singh.

The BJP president said that if voted to power his party would provide six months skill training to unemployed youth and provide loans to render them self-employed.

He also said measures would be put in place to ensure women’s safety.

Rahul cannot even handle Amethi: Modi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s speech in Amethi asking people to ensure victory of his son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday invited barbs from BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who wondered how Mr. Gandhi can lead the country when he cannot handle his constituency.

Mr. Modi who was addressing a rally in the Chhattisgarh town, kept up with his sharp attacks on the first family of the ruling party as he referred to “whopping rise” in the assets of Rahul’s brother- in-law Robert Vadra and termed it the model of “ma—bete ki sarkar” (mother-son’s government).

“Sonia told the people in Amethi to take care of her son.

We are told that he will take care of the country. Tell me, is there any logic in this? One who is begging with the people in Amethi to take care of her son....If he can’t handle Amethi, then how can he handle the country,” he told a rally here.

Ms. Gandhi had told a rally in Amethi on Saturday that the people should support policies of Congress and ensure victory of Mr. Gandhi.

“I have handed over Rahul to you in 2004 following the tradition of Indira Gandhi, who had handed over her son Rajiv Gandhi to you,” she had said.

Criticised by Gandhis for selling people dreams and giving an impression that he has a magic wand to turn around the country, Mr. Modi tried to turn the tables as he said he often wondered who they were referring to as they never named anyone.

He then cited a recent report in a US newspaper on Mr. Vadra’s fortunes and said sarcastically he finally realised who Gandhis spoke about after reading the story.

“They spoke about a Class X pass youth who had only Rs 1 lakh in pocket and then went on to own Rs 300 crore in three years. This is the mother-son’s model. You heard about 2G, now hear about jijaji (brother—in—law). Do we have to leave this country in their hands?”, he said.

Accusing Mr. Gandhi of misleading the country on issues of women’s safety, he said seven of the top 10 states in terms of crimes against women were ruled by Congress. “I think the new slogan of Congress is ‘har haath loot har bol jhoot’ (Loot with every hand, all words are lies).”

Slams Pachauri

Mr. Modi also took a dig at the comments made by PM’s communications adviser Pankaj Pachauri in a recent media interaction.

“For the first time the PMO had to do a press conference to say what, that the PM spoke 1100 times in 10 years,” he said.

He said the PM’s “performance” is that he spoke 1100 times in 10 years.

Referring to former media adviser to the PM, Sanjay Baru’s book, he said it revealed that it was not Manmohan Singh but “ma-bete (Sonia—Rahul)” who were running the government.

He said Dr. Singh was always criticised for all the bad things which happened in his government but now a former PMO official has disclosed that the real power was in the hands of the Gandhi family.

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