Madha: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Madha on Wednesday mocked Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar saying the reason behind the latter not fighting Lok Sabha elections was him being afraid of the saffron wave in the country.Also Read - CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021: Board Acknowledges Error in Sociology Paper on 'Gujarat Violence', to Take Action Against Paper Setters

Amping the attack on Pawar, PM Modi said that to run such a big country, a strong leader is required. Adding that Pawar stepped into dynasty politics, Modi said Pawar’s model is the special Gandhi family in Delhi. He went on to add that people sitting in the national capital in AC rooms wouldn’t know the ground reality of things.  (Catch All Action of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here) Also Read - Punjab Assembly Polls: Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa Joins BJP In Presence of Union Ministers

“Those sitting in Delhi in AC rooms and keeping a tab on things which will happen after who hugs whom, after who shakes hands with whom, after who looks at whom, they don’t know the ground reality. Now I know why Sharad Pawar ran away from the battleground,” said Modi. Also Read - Omicron Scare: Modify Quarantine Guidelines, Centre Tells Maharashtra Govt

It was interesting to note that while Modi attacked NCP leader Pawar, party MP Vijaysinh Mohite Patil shared the stage with the PM at his poll rally in the district.

PM Modi also attacked the Congress, reiterating that the Opposition’s main agenda was to remove him from the scene. “They (Congress) ruled for the last 60 years, but they have not said anything. They do not speak about what they plan to do for the next five years. Everywhere, they only have one thing to say- ‘Modi Hatao’. These naamdaars first said, ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ but when that trick did not work, now they term the entire ‘Chowkidar’ community as thieves.” (Also Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Narendra Modi Will Not Enjoy Second Term as Prime Minister, Says Sharad Pawar)

As part of poll campaigning, PM Modi promised expansion of ‘PM Kisan Scheme’ when voted to power after May 23. He said he has even directed officials to provide immediate relief to people after unseasonal rains. He expressed condolences for the families which suffered losses due to the unseasonal rains in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

He said that he had asked authorities to continue close monitoring of the situation in these areas.