New Delhi: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday said that Rahul Gandhi has developed Modi phobia. Addressing a rally in Narsinghpur in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Shah said, “He (Rahul Gandhi) keeps on saying Modi, Modi in his speeches. Rahul wants to remove Modi, while we want to remove poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy from the country.”

“In a recent rally, (Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi uttered Modi’s name 44 times in his 22-minute speech. I am wondering whether he is campaigning for the BJP or the Congress,” Shah said, in remarks laced with sarcasm.

Shah further asked the Congress to give an account of what the four generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family did when they ruled the country.

They just want to get rid of Modi from the prime minister’s post, while we want to get rid of poverty, insecurity and air pollution among others,” Shah further added.

The BJP chief said the Modi government launched 129 developmental schemes in four years. “Give an account of what the four generations (of Nehru-Gandhi family) did when they ruled the country,” he said.

He also lauded the Centre for the Army’s surgical strike on terror launchpads across the border post the Uri attack in 2016.

Shah alleged that former prime minister Manmohan Singh had left the Indian economy at ninth position in the world in 2014, which, he said, the BJP raised to the sixth position.

“By the time counting of these polls is done, India would have surpassed the UK to become the fifth-largest economy in the world,” he added.

The BJP and the Congress will face head-on in Madhya Pradesh which has 230 Vidhan Sabha seats. The BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh for three consecutive terms.

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018, scheduled to be held in a single phase on November 28, 2018. On October 6, the election commission had announced dates for the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana Assembly elections 2018. The commission said that the counting of votes will take place on December 11.

(With agency inputs)