Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday lauded the leadership quality of Narendra Modi and said only her party could pull out the country from the “misrule of Congress.”

“We are proud that we declared Narendra Modi as BJP prime ministerial candidate. He has tremendous leadership quality,” Ms. Swaraj said while addressing an election rally at Benipatti in Madhubani district in favour of party candidate Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav. “Today the country is passing through a bad patch of ‘hatashaa aur nirashaaa’ (despondency) due to the 10 year rule of Congress-led UPA. Only BJP whose chief ministers have given good governance and is led by an able Narendra Modi can pull out the country from this sorry condition,” she said in her maiden election rally in Bihar during the ongoing general elections.

Listing the “achievements” of Congress during their 10-year-old rule, she mentioned price rise, rampant corruption, condition of farmers, bending before Pakistan and trade recession among others.

Showering praise on Mr. Yadav, Ms. Swaraj described him as her “sankat mochak” (one who pulls out of problem). “Whenever I felt a problem in Lok Sabha as Opposition leader I used to turn towards Mr. Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav who used to sit right behind me in the House. He could talk on topics related to farmers and labourers for hours without consulting any paper,” she said.

Mr. Yadav is locked in a triangular fight with RJD’s Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Gulam Gaus of JD (U) at Madhubani which will go to vote on April 30. Without taking name of Nitish Kumar and others, Ms. Swaraj said “some people say its a crucial election for JD(U) or RJD but I say it is an election for making the country strong.”