12:00 AM, April 25, 2014 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 25, 2014

Rahul joins Priyanka in attacking Modi

Rahul joins Priyanka in attacking Modi

Pallab Bhattacharya, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi yesterday joined his sister Priyanka Gandhi in attacking Narendra Modi over a controversy relating to snooping on a young woman in Gujarat, saying Gujarat government has no regard for women as it gets their phones tapped.
Gujarat authorities allegedly carried out illegal surveillance on the young woman in 2009 on the direction of Modi, a charge rejected by BJP.
Priyanka on Wednesday criticised BJP's PM candidate Modi by raking up the row over “snoopgate” and said leaders who indulge in wrong acts against women should be "thrown out".
BJP reacted sharply by saying top Congress leadership continued to launch personal attacks on BJP leaders while resenting such attacks on their own leaders.
Addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul also alleged that Modi gave 45,000 acres of agricultural land to an industrialist though no industry has been set up there till date.
He claimed farmers in Gujarat would have starved to death had the Congress-led UPA federal government not implemented rural employment scheme.
"Gujarat government has no regard for women as they get their phones tapped while Congress respects women and believes in empowering them," said Rahul, vice president of Congress.
Separately, Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi took on Modi in his home turf questioning his Gujarat development model and asking voters not to elect the forces whose ideology hinges on "hardline" thinking and "hatred".
Accusing Modi of being concerned only about his chair and not the people, Sonia Gandhi charged Gujarat has the highest school dropout rate in the country and does not consider a family poor if its income is more than Rs 11.
"What is more startling is that those who earn more than Rs 11 are not considered to be poor by the Gujarat government. Tell me whether this is heaven or something else. They are only concerned about their chair and have nothing to do with the poor," she said addressing a public meeting.
Sonia said that this year's elections is being fought between two ideologies and appealed voters to shun forces which nurture radical views such as hatred, narrow-mindedness and discrimination.



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