Ahead of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in the city, the Congress on Monday launched a veiled attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate.

Mr. Modi’s Hunkar rally will be held at the Gandhi Maidan here on October 27.

With preparations to drum up support for the rally in full swing, the event will be closely watched in the light of the National Democratic Alliance’s split in Bihar and owing to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s long-standing opposition to Mr. Modi.

The BJP has claimed that the rally will see unprecedented attendance.

“Some chief ministers are in the habit of making false claims and throwing up false figures [of growth] and on this basis they are trying to create an image of the ‘ vikas purus h. ’ I hope the people of Bihar will not fall for the false claims of such fraud messiahs. They think they have a magic wand. They are only trying to divide society and turn a lie into a truth,” Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said at a party function on the occasion of the 126th birth anniversary of Krishna Singh (Sri Babu) — Bihar’s first Chief Minister.

All India Congress Committee general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said the recent figures of the Reserve Bank of India pegged Gujarat at the 12th spot on the development index. “Gujarat is also lagging behind in health, education and per capita income. But the lie is often being repeated that it is a developed State,” he said.