Kolar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a blistering attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of corruption and asked why all the ‘thieves’ have Modi as their surname. (Full coverage on Lok Sabha Polls)

“I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out,” Gandhi said while addressing a Lok Sabha Elections 2019 rally in Kolar district of Karnataka.

The Congress chief also raked up the Rafale fighter jets deal issue and alleged, “100 per cent chowkidar (guard) is a chor (thief).”

“You stole Rs 30,000 crore and gifted to your thief friend. You 100 per cent steal money. ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief. Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya, Anil Ambani and Narendra Modi – There is a group, a team of thieves,” Gandhi said as he attacked the Prime Minister.

The Congress president also promised 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and assemblies and also in government jobs, if voted to power.

The ‘chowkidar chor hai’ attack against PM Modi by Rahul Gandhi was not made for the first time. Earlier in November last year, while addressing a rally in Rajasthan, he had said, “The new slogan in India is ‘Chowkidar chor hai’.”

“Now a new slogan is rising in India Chowkidar chor hai”, Gandhi had said, while adding, “Modi ji says don’t make me the Prime Minister, make me the chowkidar (watchman) of this country. But, after coming to power, the prime minister has betrayed the trust of people.”

Hitting back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, for repeatedly using the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe to attack the Prime Minister, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the PM is “pure” and not “chor” (thief).

Terming PM Modi as ‘cure’ for problems faced by the country, he expressed confidence that he will be voted back to power.

The voting for phase 1 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held in 91 constituencies in 18 states and two Union Territories on April 11. The seventh phase polling will be held on May 19. The counting of votes is scheduled to happen on May 23.