Bhopal: Sounding the poll bugle in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an all-out offensive against the Congress, saying that the Grand Old Party is looking for support outside the country, in a veiled reference to Pakistan whose former minister recently tweeted in favour of Rahul Gandhi.Also Read - After Punjab, All Eyes on Rajasthan And Chhattigarh Leadership

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The prime minister said that the Congress was forging ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) as it feared of losing the upcoming elections. Also Read - 'Best Wishes': Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Congratulates His Successor Charanjit Channi

“Congress has resorted to forging alliance with other parties fearing defeat. Congress, which once crushed other smaller parties, just to gain power, is not lying on their feet for the same,” said PM Modi while addressing the ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ event in Bhopal.

Without naming Pakistan, the PM also accused the Congress of trying to take the help of foreign powers in an attempt to defeat the BJP.

“The Congress is unable to weave an alliance of political parties in India. Even if they do, it appears impossible that they’d remain united. So they are looking for ‘alliances’ outside the country. Now foreign powers will decide who will be India’s PM,” he said.

The attacks comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, after New Delhi caled off the proposed meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries, said that he has seen “small people occupying big offices” which could not see the larger picture.

Mocking the Congress, PM Modi said that the 125-year-old party has now been reduced to mere 44 Lok Sabha seats and still not ready to improve.

“A party which is 125 years old, which has given several former Governors, then what happened that it has to now take a microscope and go searching where it still exists. And despite so many defeats, Congress is not ready to cultivate,” he said.

“Congress not ready to introspect why it has been reduced to 44 seats in Lok Sabha because of its arrogance,” the PM added.

The prime minister said that the party which once crushed other parties is now begging them to forge an alliance for the sake of gaining power. “Congress has resorted to forging alliance with other parties fearing defeat. Congress, which once crushed other smaller parties, just to gain power, is not lying on their feet for the same,” he said.

Furthering his attack on the Congress, PM Modi said that vote-bank politics has caused immense damage to the country in 70 years after Independence.

“Vote bank politics ruined the society like a termite. This is BJP’s responsibility to free the nation from that termite which caused immense damage to the country for 70 years,” he said.

Cornering the Grand Old Party over the issue of triple talaq, PM Modi said that despite being led by a woman (referring to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi), the party did not care about the Muslim women.

“Even in the Islamic nations across the world, triple talaq is not accepted. But here due to vote-bank politics, the party that is led by a woman is not worried about my Muslim sisters who are victims of triple talaq,” he said.

In an apparent reference to the allegations levelled by Congress on the Rafale deal, the prime minister said that the opposition is indulging in mud-slinging as it finds it easier than debating on issues like development.

Slamming Opposition parties for making personal attacks on him, PM Modi said that “the more they throw mud, the more will the lotus bloom”. He added that during the UPA rule, ministers feared reprisal if they were photographed exchanging greetings with him when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

“When UPA was in power, they used to act like an enemy of BJP-ruled states. I was a CM and if the photo of any Union Minister accepting my Namaste was published in a newspaper, the minister used to tremble in fear that now his career is over,” he said.

Reiterating the BJP’s vision of an inclusive India, the PM said that his party makes no distinction between thought processes and accepts the ideologies of all three iconic leaders — Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

“We accept Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Deendayal Upadhyaya – the three great men who worked tirelessly for the welfare of every citizen, gave importance to everyone and guided the nation on its path to progress,” he said.

“Our beloved Atal Ji, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Ji, Rajmata Scindia Ji and the lakhs of our hardworking karyakartas have left no stone unturned to serve this land. Taking inspiration from them, we will continue to work towards the welfare of our nation,” said the prime minister.

Rahul Baba Daydreaming About Winning Election: Amit Shah

Earlier, speaking at the mega event, BJP President Amit Shah said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was “day-dreaming” about his party’s victory in Madhya Pradesh, where the Assembly elections are due later this year.

Instead of making such claims, Gandhi should introspect his party’s losses in elections in various states after 2014, the senior BJP leader said.

Since 2014, the Congress has been ousted from every state. The BJP’s vote share and number of seats have increased in places where its presence was negligible, Shah said.

“This is Madhya Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi should first think of his party’s performance post 2014 and then dare to speak. Nobody can stop him from day-dreaming,” he said.

Shah said for the BJP, the issue is not victory in Madhya Pradesh, “but such a massive one that will shake the enemy”.

Referring to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) recently published in Assam that had identified nearly 40 lakh illegal immigrants, Shah said the process of evicting “illegal infiltrators” from the country will not stop.

The ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ (grand assembly of party workers), was held on the occasion of birth anniversary of RSS ideologue and Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) co-founder Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

The BJP, the successor party of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, is organising programmes across the country to mark his birth anniversary.