New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that the life of his father, late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, ended as ‘Bhrastachari number 1’.

While addressing a BJP rally in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, PM Modi also accused Rahul of ‘attempting to tarnish his image over the Rafale issue’. He claimed that the Congress president himself had admitted in a interview that his only aim is to tarnish the image of Modi.

“Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari No 1’ (corrupt number 1),” Modi said, in an apparent reference to the Bofors case in 1980s.

He added,”By hurling abuses, you cannot turn the 50 long years of Modi’s tapasya (struggle) into dust,” the prime minister said.”Na main gira aur na meri ummeedon ke minar gire, par kuch log mujhe girane mein kayi baar gire,” Modi stated.

In a veiled attack on Rahul, PM Modi further asserted,”The ‘naamdaar’ must clearly listen that this Modi was not born with a golden spoon, nor was he born in any royal family.”

He also recalled how the Congress had withdrawn support from governments at the Centre in the past leading to political instability. “Only the BJP can give a stable government,” he said, as he led the gathering chanting “phir ek baar …Modi sarkar (once again, Modi government)”.

PM Modi also said that the Congress has been reduced to the status of ‘vote katwa’ party and it will soon witness its “downfall”.  “See its (Congress) downfall,” he said, as he made a no-holds barred attack against party president Rahul Gandhi, warning him that he will succumb to “ahankaar” (self pride).

In an apparent reference to Priyanka Gandhi who was present at an SP meeting in Raebareli this week, Modi said,”While a Congress leader is sharing the stage with the Samajwadi Party, the BSP is attacking the grand old party.”

“The SP is going soft on the Congress, but its alliance partner BSP chief Mayawati is attacking the grand old party,” he said at an election meeting here, apparently to drive a wedge between the two allies.