Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma yesterday got the BJP's hackles up by alleging that its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had fled from home at the age of 18 after committing murder. In a strong rejoinder, the BJP demanded the Congress to clarify whether it supported the charge.
The union steel minister, while speaking in Lucknow, alleged that Modi committed murder at the age of 18 and ran away from home. He also alleged that several criminal cases were registered against Modi at various police stations in Gujarat, but he "took care of them" when he became the chief minister.
Reacting to the comment, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that Verma's allegations showed that the Congress's poll campaign has reached "an absolute nadir... the lowest point that one can reach".
Meanwhile, sharpening his attack on Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi said the BJP leader would have "ousted" even Atal Bihari Vajpayee like party veterans Jaswant Singh and LK Advani had the former PM continued being in public life.
The Congress vice-president took a dig at Modi for his statement at rallies asking voters to make him the "chowkidar" (watchman) of the country, saying the BJP PM candidate was a "chowkidar" only to businessmen and had ousted senior leaders and "brought in Adani".
"He (Modi) boasts of development in Gujarat but it was not a single man who changed Gujarat. It was the hard work of labourers and farmers who made Gujarat.
"L K Advani and Jaswant Singh were told 'you are outsiders go from here'. If Atal Bihari Vajyapee would be in public life today, he would also be asked the same thing," he said.