In a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday accused him of committing the "sin" of insulting the Prime Minister when he was abroad and asked people to decide in the next Lok Sabha polls if the nation will be run based on the Constitution or whims of the "prince".
Addressing a huge rally — his first in the capital as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate — Modi tore into the UPA alliance alleging there were "governments within the government" which was affecting the country's overall growth and development.
"The pride of the Prime Minister has been brought down by his own party. Congress party Vice President has committed the sin of disrespecting the Prime Minister," he said, referring to Gandhi's public denouncement of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers. Gandhi had termed the ordinance as "complete nonsense" and said it should be torn up and thrown away.
Modi also attacked the Prime Minister and questioned his abilities in effectively taking up India's concerns and said, "UPA coalition is headed by a sardar but is not 'asardar' (effective)."
Exhorting people to bring the 'dream team' of BJP to power in 2014, he asked them to throw out UPA which is "deeply entrenched" in corruption.
"Today the issue is whether the country will run on the whims of the prince or on the basis of the Constitution," he said, alleging that Congress leaders were "disrespecting" the Indian Constitution, Parliament, democracy and the Cabinet.
He said all political allies of UPA are running individual governments because of which nation's growth and development have been severely affected.
"There are so many governments in Delhi. There is a mother's government. There is son's government. There is also a son-in-law's government."
"This government is mired in corruption. Instead of finding solutions to problems, it has stopped functioning. This government is paralysed. The UPA government is immersed in Gandhi-bhakti. The Gandhi-bhakti refers to currency notes which they are collecting in tonnes," he alleged.
"Coalition governments are formed on arithmetic but run on chemistry. Till the chemistry matches, such government cannot do any public good. Though UPA coalition government is together, there is no coordination...because of which the country is not moving forward," he said.
In his over an hour-long address, the BJP leader lamented that Manmohan Singh was projecting 1.25 billion-strong India as a "poor nation" before US President Barack Obama during his meeting with him yesterday.
"My head hung in shame when the Prime Minister pleaded before Obama that he represents a poor country. That his country's people are poor. Why did he not project India as a nation where 65 per cent of the people are below 35 years of age?" Modi said, adding that the PM has behaved like some film-makers who project India as a poor nation to make money.
Taking further jibes, Modi wondered if the Prime Minister was prompted to take this line as the "prince" (Rahul Gandhi) had said recently that "poverty is a state of mind".
Modi also lambasted the Prime Minister on foreign policy issues and said the nation has doubts that he will be able to speak out strongly about India's interests and cross-border terrorism during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York today.
Modi termed Sharif purportedly calling Singh as a "village woman" during an interaction with journalists as the "biggest insult" of the Prime Minister.
"We can fight with our Prime Minister here on policy issues but we will not tolerate this. What status do you (Sharif) have to address my country's Prime Minister as a village woman? There cannot be a bigger insult of India and its Prime Minister. This nation of 1.25 billion will not tolerate its Prime Minister's insult," he said.
Modi based his comments on a report of Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir which was contradicted by NDTV's Barkha Dutt, both of whom were present during a breakfast meeting with Sharif yesterday.
"The country needs a dream team in 2014, not this dirty team. This government has no vision - look at all the budgets and Planning Commission report, only the dates are changed in the document, the rest remains the same," Modi said.